May 14, 2021
Following New CDC Guidance, Governor Walz Announces End to Statewide Face Covering Requirement Minnesota will align with CDC guidance and recommend unvaccinated Minnesotans continue to wear face coverings indoors.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced on May 13, 2021 the end of Minnesota’s statewide mask requirement, aligning Minnesota with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on face coverings. Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear face coverings indoors. This was signed into law May 14, 2021. (Emergency Executive Order 21-23)
Private businesses and local municipalities may still put in place face covering requirements.
9. (from Executive Order) Enhanced measures permitted. Nothing in this Executive Order or previous executive orders should be construed to prohibit or prevent political subdivisions from implementing, within their jurisdictions and pursuant to applicable law and authority, restrictions beyond the restrictions contained in this Executive Order, as long as those additional restrictions have a real or substantial relation to the public health crisis caused by COVID-19. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 12.32, political subdivisions may not relax or reduce this Executive Order’s restrictions. In other words, to the extent that they have authority to do so, cities and other political subdivisions may take actions that are more protective of the public health but may not take actions that are less protective of the public health. Likewise, and consistent with paragraph 16 of Executive Order 20-81, which remains in effect, nothing in this Executive Order or previous executive orders should be construed to prohibit or prevent businesses and other private entities, such as residential apartment buildings or places of worship, from implementing otherwise lawful policies or rules related to the conduct of their employees, tenants, congregants, or customers— including lawful face-covering requirements.
Currently, Minneapolis, St. Paul and other municipalities still require face coverings be worn. Hirshfield’s stores are following the mandates set forth by those cities in which we have stores.
The CDC announced Thursday that masks are no longer required for fully-vaccinated individuals, either indoors or outside. Minnesotans should follow CDC guidance and wear masks in medical settings and on public transportation, whether or not they are fully vaccinated.
* Minnesotans are fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of vaccine – either the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Minnesotans can find vaccine appointments near them at mn.gov/vaccine.