Walz: No Intention Of Issuing Statewide Mask Mandate, But Masks Reintroduced In Twin Cities

Fri 1-7-2022

(St. Paul, MN)-  Governor Tim Walz says he has no plans to issue a statewide mask mandate as COVID-19 cases surge.  Walz says he does support a move by Minneapolis and St. Paul to reinstate local indoor mask mandates.  The new masking requirements go into effect in the Twin Cities at 5 p-m Thursday.  Positivity rates and hospitalizations in the state are trending sharply upward as the highly infectious omicron variant fuels a nationwide spike in cases.

Doctors in Minneapolis say that the mask mandate is welcome in the cities, as it will hopefully lower the number of patients needing ICU beds as time continues. Last numbers on open ICU beds in the entire state of Minnesota were just 135, with only 36 children beds.