Twin Cities End COVID-19 Mask Requirements
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Both Minneapolis and St. Paul are ending the coronavirus mask requirements as vaccination rates are on the rise.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey imposed the indoor mask mandate last spring, two months before Gov. Tim Walz issued a similar statewide mask order.
Frey said the mandate was lifted because more than 78% of city residents age 15 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
“It certainly helped control the spread and the data has shown how effective masks have been up to this time,” said Frey. “Now that we are getting close to the 80 percent, we do plan to lift the mask mandate.”
St. Paul officially ends its mandate Wednesday.
“While we are yet to reach the benchmarks set by local public health experts, the reality of a maskless Minneapolis limits the logic and efficacy of maintaining a masking order alone,” said St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, adding that he urged all residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
The statewide mask mandate was ended on May 14 shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks.