Statewide Mask Mandate Supersedes City Mandate

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order Wed, July 22 mandating the use of masks or face coverings in public spaces. This executive order supersedes the mask mandate approved by the Golden Valley City Council Tue, July 21.

The executive order requires people in Minnesota to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.

The following are all circumstances where face coverings are required.

  • In all public indoor spaces and businesses, including when waiting outside to enter the public indoor space or business.
  • When riding on public transportation such as buses or trains, or in a taxi, ride-sharing vehicle, or vehicle that is being used for a business purpose.
  • For workers only: When working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • When present in a business, whether indoor or outdoor, that has elected to require face coverings. Businesses are allowed to require face coverings even in situations where face coverings are not otherwise required by Executive Order 20-81.
  • When applicable industry guidance, available on the Stay Safe Minnesota website specifically requires face coverings (refer to the industry-specific guidance section, below).

The following are all circumstances where face coverings are not required.

  • When at home or in an assigned room or living unit in a place of temporary lodging (hotel or motel room) or other place whether a person may reside short- or long-term (shelter, dormitory, residential treatment facility, long-term care facility, correctional facility). When in a private vehicle being used for private (non-business) purposes.
  • When outdoors or participating in outdoor recreation (exercising, walking, gardening) for private purposes. However, workers are required to wear face coverings when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Even in situations where face coverings are not required, all persons should carry a face covering to prepare for close interactions with others or to enter an indoor space.

A complete list of requirements and stipulations can be read in Executive Order 20-81.

Mask Mandate Resources For Local Businesses

Local businesses looking to help educate customers on the new mandate are encouraged to post signage on window and doors and publish on websites and social media pages for customers to read before entering. The City of Golden Valley has compiled an assortment of resources here. Additional resources can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health website.

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