Face Coverings Mandated for Indoor Public Spaces

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Governor Orders Facemask Mandate Starting July 25

The governor announced a facemask mandate for all public indoor spaces, including businesses and government buildings, to go into effect July 25. Facemasks are also required outdoors for employees working closer than six feet apart, and for workers who enter a person's living space for purposes of their job.

The mandate begins July 25. All residents conducting business at any City building must come wearing a mask.

According to the mandate:

Types of face coverings can include a paper or disposable mask, a cloth mask, a neck gaiter, a scarf, a bandanna, or a religious face covering. A face covering must cover the nose and mouth completely. The covering should not be overly tight or restrictive and should feel comfortable to wear. Any mask that incorporates a valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks, or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents are not sufficient face coverings because they allow droplets to be released from the mask.

Exemptions: If wearing a face covering at the workplace would create a safety hazard to the person or others as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines, they are exempt. Alternatives to masks such as clear face shields may be considered for those with health conditions or situations where wearing a mask is problematic.

Find complete details at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facecover.html

7-23-2020