Emergency Regulation No. 2022-8
Whereas, on March 16, 2020, I declared a local public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the City of Minneapolis (“City”) and assumed executive responsibilities attendant thereto; and
Whereas, on August 3, 2021, I promulgated Emergency Regulation 2021-4, which re-established a requirement for face coverings in City buildings and properties; and
Whereas, on December 10, 2021, I promulgated Emergency Regulation 2021-6, which amended Emergency Regulation 2021-4, regarding requirements for face coverings in City buildings and properties; and
Whereas, since March 2020, the City has issued as well as rescinded numerous disease control and prevention regulations as needed to address the ebbs and flows of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
Whereas, hospitalization rates and ICU bed capacity data indicate that the strain on the healthcare system is improving; and
Whereas, the CDC has issued new community indicators to classify a community level as low, medium, or high and based on those indicators Hennepin County is in the low community level classification; and
Whereas, the CDC’s new guidance states that communities at all indicator levels should allow people to wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk and that people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should continue to wear a mask; and
Whereas, rates in Minneapolis have been dropping rapidly, with a seven-day new case rate of 65.9 per 100,000 individuals; and
Whereas, Minneapolis’ key public health risk indicators are improving, there has been progress on vaccine and booster administration, and there is an increasing availability of COVID-19 treatments.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jacob Frey, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby order the following with respect to Emergency Regulations 2021-4 and 2021-6:
- Emergency Regulations 2021-4 and 2021-6 are hereby rescinded and have no continuing applicability or effect.
- This Order is effective upon issuance.
March 10, 2022