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Local Mask Requirements At Retail

list of local masking regulations impacting retailers

Last updated February 24, 2022 - 12:15 p.m..

There are currently no Minnesota cities with masking requirements in places of public accomidation including retailers.

The following local governments have issued masking requirements impacting retailers:

  • St. Louis Park - This masking order expired at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 22. 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 - This masking order expired at 11:59 p.m. on February 7, 2022.  Effective January 16 at 6:00 a.m. and in effect until 11:59 p.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 - The Minnetonka City Council voted on Feb. 17 to immediately lift its masking order. 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 - This masking order expired at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2022. 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 - The Golden Valley City Council voted on Feb. 15 to immediately lift its masking order. 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 - This masking order expired on February 13, 2022. 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 - The Mayor lifted this masking requirement effective February 24, 2022. 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 - The Mayor lifted this masking requirement Effective February 24, 2022. 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.


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