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 — in accordance with last week's guidance from the CDC — now include:
- Target, for employees in high-transmission areas. Masks are recommended for shoppers, regardless of vaccination status.
- Cub Foods and Lunds and Byerlys are taking a similar approach.
- Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley
- Haus Salon
Colleges, universities and schools
- University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State system
- Minneapolis Public Schools
- St. Paul Public Schools
Local government buildings
- Hennepin County facilities
- Ramsey County facilities
- Minneapolis city facilities
- St. Paul city facilities
- Duluth city facilities
- Brooklyn Park facilities
- Dakota County facilities
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 — 0.016% — have been hospitalized, per MinnPost's Greta Kaul.
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