Masks on in Edina and Rochester, following approval by city's leaders

U begins mask requirement Wednesday, Mankato delays action

WCCO Radio Newsroom
June 30, 2020 - 5:37 am
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Edina and Rochester are the latest Minnesota cities to adopt regulations for wearing masks in public buildings in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Mankato may be next, with that city’s council members scheduling a public hearing on a proposed mask ordinance.

Council members for all three cities met Monday on the mask-wearing issue.

Starting Wednesday at the University of Minnesota, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to all campuses must wear masks inside buildings.

That order from the U-of-M was announced in a mass email that was sent out on Monday.

"We reached a point where we felt comfortable that the research reported the call that we received pretty strongly from faculty, staff, and students that this is how they felt safest," U of M president Joan Gabel told Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News.

The Unversity of Minnesota is bringing some students back to campuses for face-to-face teaching later in July, which will help keep class sizes lower when they'll open up for the fall semester.

"That is the plan," said Gabel. "We're doing a small, sort of soft start, we're calling it a July-mester."

Both Edina and Rochester are now requiring the wearing of protective masks in public buildings.

In Edina, council members also decided to require masks for all indoor spaces where social distancing is difficult.

In Rochester, city leaders recommended wearing protective nose and mouth covering in businesses that require masks, with council stopping short of mandating mask use in those privately owned spaces.

Mankato’s public hearing on a mask ordinance is scheduled for July 6.

Minneapolis and St. Paul have had mask requirements for public buildings for more than a month.

Starting Wednesday at the University of Minnesota, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to all campuses must wear masks inside buildings.

That order from the U-of-M was announced in a mass email that was sent out on Monday.

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