Updated Aug 11, 2021 - COVID

Minneapolis, St. Paul city buildings join list of places requiring masks

A man wears a mask outside a Target store in Minneapolis.
A Minneapolis Target requires customers wear masks back in September of 2020. Photo: Emilie Richardson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A growing number of institutions and companies in the Twin Cities are once again requiring masks amid increasing infections and concerns about the Delta variant.

What's happening: Minnesota, local counties and cities haven't enacted any new mandates for private businesses, but organizations are again taking matters into their own hands. Those requiring people to mask up indoors β€” in accordance with last week's guidance from the CDC β€” now include:

Businesses
Colleges, universities and schools
Local government buildings
Medical centers

Meanwhile, First Ave and its sister venues will require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test taken in the prior 72 hours.

  • University of Thomas will also mandate shots for students and staff.

The big picture: While we've seen a very small number of "breakthrough" cases among the vaccinated, state officials say the vast majority of serious illnesses are occurring among those without a shot.

  • Just 1% of fully vaccinated Minnesotans have tested positive. An even smaller share β€” 0.016% β€” have been hospitalized, per MinnPost's Greta Kaul.
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