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Local Mask Requirements At Retail

list of local masking regulations impacting retailers

Last updated January 19, 2022 - 12:40 p.m..

The following local governments have issued masking requirements impacting retailers:

  • St. Louis Park - Effective January 21 at 12:01a.m. and in effect until 11:59p.m. on Feb 22 face coverings are required in spaces of public accommodation which includes retail stores. Businesses are required to post signage notifying customers that face coverings are required. Click here to see the order and download signage.
  • Rochester - Effective January 16 at 6:00 a.m. and in effect until 11:59 a.m. on Feb. 7 face coverings are required at indoor spaces of public accommodation which includes retail stores. Click here to see the mayor's order.

  • Minnetonka - Effective January 17 at 11:59 p.m. and in effect for 61 days face coverings are required at indoor spaces of public accommodation which includes retail stores. The acting city manager is authorized to suspend enforcement if case counts in Hennepin County fall below the “substantial” level. More information is available on the City website here (scroll down to "face mask ordinance". Businesses are required to post signage--click here to see the City example.

  • Duluth - Effective January 14, 5:00 p.m. and in effect for 30 days:  Face coverings are required at indoor spaces of public accommodation which includes retail stores. Click here to read the emergency ordinance.

  • Golden Valley - Effective January 13, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.: Face coverings are required at spaces of public accommodation which includes retail stores. Click here to read the emergency ordinance.

  • Hopkins - Effective January 14, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. through February 13, 2022: Face coverings are required at spaces of public accommodation which includes retail stores. Click here to read the emergency ordinance.

  • St. Paul - Effective January 6 at 5:00 p.m.: Individuals at city-controlled property must wear a face covering indoors at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained; businesses licensed by the City of Saint Paul must require all individuals to wear a face covering indoors at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained (you may temporarily remove while eating or drinking); all businesses are strongly encouraged to require that all individuals wear a face covering indoors at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained >> see the executive order here. (Scroll down to Executive Order January 5, 2022, 2022-2.)
  • Minneapolis - Effective January 6 at 5:00 p.m.: Any individual over the age of two who is able to medically tolerate a face covering shall be required to wear one in indoor spaces of public accommodation regardless of vaccination status (with temporary exemption if eating or drinking); all employers of businesses that are spaces of public accommodation shall require their employees, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face covering whenever such employees have face-to-face contact with the public >> see the executive order here.

    In Minneapolis, places of public accommodations are defined as: any indoor locations where members of the public may gather, visit, or patronize and can include, but are not limited to, bars, restaurants, museums, theaters, schools, recreational facilities, retail locations, and service offices.


Minnesota Retailers Association Statement On The Ending Of Business Restrictions

Today is a big day for Minnesota as it marks the end of pandemic business restrictions.  For all the give and take, and thousands of conversations over the pandemic season, today is a day to appreciate the turn of attention to getting all Minnesotans back to work and growing our communities.  We had a good trajectory pre-pandemic, and it’s time to get back on track.

The Minnesota Retailers Association has appreciated the collaboration with Commissioner Steve Grove and the DEED team this past year, and we look forward to seeing their passion and partnerships put to work on getting Minnesota back to work.

Retailers and their employees across the State are excited to fully turn our attention to growth and a better Minnesota, community-by-community.

Minnesota Retailers Association Statement On Masking Changes – May 13, 2021

The CDC guidance and Governor Walz’s announcement on dropping Minnesota’s mask mandate tomorrow is a welcome step celebrating Minnesota’s vaccination progress and pandemic response. The announcement carried with it an important reminder that businesses--including retail stores—can still make their own decisions on masking.

Some retailers will lift masking requirements and others will keep them in place.  We remind everyone that during this transition it is important to respect the requests of businesses as they look to make the best decisions possible when it comes to the safety of customers and workers.

Minnesota’s retailers are excited to near the end of the pandemic emergency and appreciate shoppers and employees helping Minnesota get there.

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