Today, Mayor Jacob Frey signed emergency regulation No. 2022-1 reinstating the city-wide mask policy, which requires patrons, employees, and visitors wear a mask in businesses and places of public accommodation. The policy takes effect at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6.
“We have to keep our city healthy and moving. Wearing a mask is an obvious next step to do both,” said Frey. “The data is clear. The surging numbers of cases and hospitalizations from the Omicron variant demand immediate action to keep our residents healthy while making every effort to allow schools and businesses to remain safe and open across our Twin Cities.”
Areas of public accommodation include any indoor locations where members of the public may gather, visit, or patronize and can include, but are not limited to, bars, restaurants, museums, theaters, schools, recreational facilities, retail locations, and service offices.
In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), business owners are encouraged to follow CDC’s guiding principles for promoting behaviors that reduce virus spread, maintaining healthy environments and operations, and preparing for when an employee gets sick. The City will continue to make masks available to businesses and organizations at no cost.