Timeline to ending all State COVID-19 restrictions, encourage vaccinations

May 7, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz has announced a three-step timeline to end State COVID-19 restrictions as the state is on track to vaccinate 70% of Minnesotans by the end of June. The announcement came as more than 2.6 million Minnesotans have gotten their shots. The three-step process will end nearly all state COVID-19 restrictions by May 28, and end the statewide mask requirement by July 1 at the latest.

  1. May 7: Step one takes place at noon May 7. It removes limits for outdoor dining and ends the mask requirement when you’re outside (unless you’re in a very large crowd at a formal event).
  2. May 28: Step two sees an end to all capacity and distancing limits, including indoors. People will still need to wear face coverings indoors and at large events outdoors.
  3. When 70% of Minnesotans 16 and older have had at least one dose of vaccine – or July 1 at the latest – step three ends the remaining face covering State requirement. The State emphasized that local governments and businesses may still require masks and have other requirements beyond July 1.

Local requirements

Minneapolis was the first jurisdiction in the state to issue an indoor mask policy, and Mayor Frey is in close contact with the Minneapolis Health Department. He will continue weighing public health data in determining when to lift restrictions in Minneapolis. Watch for City of Minneapolis news in the coming weeks and check with businesses before you go.

State protections remain

Additional State protections will remain including the eviction moratorium, a ban on price gouging, and eligibility exemptions for people who receive State services.

How to get your vaccination

Our progress and path forward rely on people getting vaccinated. Minnesota and Minneapolis are working to serve everyone who wants a vaccination equitably. Bring family and friends who need their vaccinations too. The vaccines are free, safe and effective.

  • The State Fairgrounds community vaccination site will offer new appointments May 26-June 8 for adults 18 and older who live in high social vulnerability index zip codes. Walk-ins will also be welcome. Scheduling begins May 19. This site will also offer Johnson & Johnson vaccine from May 26 to June 8. Appointments will be taken beginning May 19. Find more information and language resources, and sign up starting May 19 on the State website.
  • Visit VaccineConnector.mn.gov to make a vaccine appointment at a State or City community vaccination site.
  • Use the State’s map to locate a vaccination near you.
  • Contact your primary health care provider.
  • Use the CDC’s VaccineFinder.
  • You may also hear from your employer about vaccination opportunities.

See more details about the end to State restrictions on the Minnesota Department of Health website.