Minneapolis drops mask requirements as COVID-19 vaccination rates rise

ST. PAUL – Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Tuesday, Jan.

Minneapolis was one of two cities that delayed giving up their mandate after Governor Tim Walz ended the statewide requirement last month. Businesses and private organizations can still require masks indoors despite the change in policy and masking requirements.

Frey said the city decided to end the requirement after the city hit a threshold of 69% of Minneapolis residents aged 15 and over who were fully vaccinated against the disease. Overall, 78.6% of city residents aged 15 and over had received at least one dose by Tuesday.

And new COVID-19 cases in the city continued to decline as health officials continued efforts to make vaccinations more readily available, Frey said.

“After a thorough review of public health data, Minneapolis is reaching vaccination rates above the recommended threshold for safe repeal of this policy – but that doesn’t mean the pandemic is over,” Frey said in a press release. “Our level team will continue to work with trusted community partners and neighboring jurisdictions to expand our outreach efforts in BIPOC and immigrant neighborhoods.”

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