Minneapolis and St Paul lift indoor mask mandate

Businesses may keep masking policies in place if they wish
Indoor mask mandate lifted in Minneapolis
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Minneapolis and St. Paul are lifting their citywide indoor mask mandates.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says he made the decision after vaccination numbers hit the threshold for safely doing so. 78.6% of Minneapolis residents have received at least one dose of vaccine. 69% are fully vaccinated.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced that the city's mask mandate would end Wednesday, despite the city not yet reaching vaccination benchmarks.

“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,” Carter said. “We are lifting Saint Paul’s mask requirement and continuing to urge residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Businesses can continue to require masks if they wish and schools in the city must continue with the mask mandate until the end of the school year.

Both cities opted to continue with mask mandates after Governor Tim Walz lifted the statewide mask mandate more than two weeks ago.

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