Governor Walz Mandates Face Coverings in Minnesota, Supersedes and Terminates City of Northfield Ordinance

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Executive Order effective Saturday, July 25, 2020

Northfield, MN (July 23, 2020) -

On July 22, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-81 (EO 20-81) mandating face covering use in many public spaces.  Under EO 20-81, Minnesotans must wear a face covering in indoor businesses, indoor public settings, and outdoors when it is not possible to maintain social distancing; they must also follow related industry guidance on the Stay Safe Minnesota Website.

 

The Northfield City Council had requested the Governor mandate indoor facial coverings statewide at their July 7th meeting.  Additionally, the City Council recently approved an indoor mandated facial covering Ordinance for the City of Northfield at their July 21, 2020 meeting but is now null and void due to the Governor’s action.

 

The State mandated face covering requirements exempt individuals include those with a medical condition, a mental health condition or disability; and children who are five years old and under.

Situations where face coverings are mandatory include in an indoor business or public indoor space, including when waiting outdoors to enter an indoor business or public indoor space, riding on public transportation, and when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.

 

The Executive Order also identifies where mandatory face coverings may be temporarily removed, where they are strongly encouraged, and guidelines for child care, preschool, kindergarten through grade 12 schools, and institutions of higher education.

“By combatting the spread of COVID-19, masking will help protect our neighbors, keep our businesses open, and get us on track to return to the activities we love," said Governor Tim Walz.

Individual Minnesotans who willfully violate the Executive Order is guilty of a petty misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $100.

 

Any business owner, manager, or supervisor who fails to comply with the Executive Order is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days.

 

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