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Twin Cities Mask Regulations for all Citizens- The Difference Between St. Paul and Minneapolis

Twin Cities Mask Regulations for all Citizens- The Difference Between St. Paul and Minneapolis

Depending on where you live, there may be different ways that the local government is enforcing the notion of wearing masks in public places. Even if you live in the Twin Cities area, there is still a difference in how it is enforced and encouraged between Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Twin Cities suburbs surrounding it. 

Minneapolis has shown to be the most strict on its order regarding face masks worn in public

Mayor Jacob Frey signed an official order beginning on May 26th that any individual who is over the age of two or and individuals who have medical reasons for not being able to do so, must wear a mask or face covering of some kind while indoors or in other types of areas meant for public accommodation. 

 

For those who do not wear a mask when in a public indoor space in Minneapolis, they can be charged with a misdemeanor and be fined to up to $1000 dollars. Jacob Frey has stated that this isn’t intended to penalize forgetfulness or lack of awareness, but it’s meant to enforce those individuals who are selfishly and blatantly disregarding the public health of the city of Minneapolis. 

 

If you would like to read the Minneapolis order yourself, you can access it here: 

https://www.startribune.com/read-the-minneapolis-order-requiring-face-masks-indoors/570667711/?refresh=true

St. Paul has issued a similar order on how individuals should wear masks

Mayor Melvin Carter signed an Emergency Executive Order regarding the wearing of masks in public places effective June 1st. When indoors, if unable to maintain the proper social distancing measures of 6 feet, individuals are required to wear masks. If you are a business licensed by St. Paul, you must require your employees to wear a mask if they are unable to properly social distance. If you are any other business, it is only strongly encouraged that you require your employees whenever dealing with the public. 

 

In parallel to the Minneapolis Order, all individuals are required to wear masks in public spaces, with the exception of children under two as well as those who have a medical reason for being unable to wear a mask. 

 

St. Paul does not have a set consequence for those who are in violation of this order. If an individual is found inside of a city owned building without a mask, they will be asked to leave. Only if they refuse to leave will they be considered a trespasser and potentially will have additional legal actions taken against them. 

 

If you would like to read the St. Paul order yourself, You can access it here: 

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/STPAUL/2020/05/27/file_attachments/1460773/Executive%20Order%202020-09.pdf

The Twin Cities Suburbs have much looser mask requirements

Many of the suburbs surrounding the Twin Cities area have not released much local city enforced mask usage. Other than strongly suggesting that individuals wear masks when out of the house, the only places individuals are required to wear masks are when they intend to attend city council meetings and other city owned properties. It is still heavily encouraged that you do wear a mask when leaving your home, many of the Twin Cities Suburbs just have not issued any additional orders. 

When do the Minneapolis and St. Paul Executive Orders end? 

The official St. Paul Order ends 40 days after the order was issued, or the end of the local emergency, whichever comes first. The Minneapolis order does not have an official end date, and should be treated as definitely permanent until notified otherwise. Even after the orders end, it’s expected that there will be a cultural shift towards wearing masks to continue keeping the public health of your community in mind. 

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