Walz ends statewide face-covering requirement after new CDC update
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KEYC) — Gov. Tim Walz announced the end to Minnesota’s statewide mask requirement after new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was released Thursday.
The CDC announced Thursday that masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals, either indoors or outside, in most public places.
However, private businesses and local municipalities may still implement face-covering requirements. Walz adds that Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear face coverings indoors.
“This great day is possible because vaccines have proven to be effective,” said Walz. “Once you are fully vaccinated you are protected. You can confidently return to the people you love and things that you miss – all without a mask. The message is clear — get vaccinated and let’s put the pandemic behind us once and for all.”
“This is an important day for Minnesota and the country,” Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm added. “With millions of doses administered, we are seeing that vaccines work and are effective. But you need to roll up your sleeves and get the shots to get the protection. Minnesotans who aren’t protected should continue to wear a mask and stay safe.”
The end of face masks for vaccinated Minnesotans will not become official until Friday when the Minnesota Executive Council is scheduled to meet.
Any Minnesotan who still needs to become vaccinated can schedule an appointment and learn more about the process by visiting www.MN.gov/vaccine.
In addition, walk-in appointments are also being welcomed at community and state vaccination locations. Residents can find the nearest place to get a vaccine by using the state’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program locator.
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