MN Governor Walz Announces Statewide Mask Mandate


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday he is requiring Minnesotans to wear face masks to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The order takes effect Saturday.

Walz cites support from businesses and health care experts, along with a recent rise in the positive infection rate, for the mandate.

But GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka criticized the mandate as a “heavy-handed, broad approach that won’t work well for every situation.”

Violations are a petty misdemeanor that comes with a fine of up to $100 for individuals, and a fine of up to $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail for businesses.


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