With case rates and hospitalizations falling to some of their lowest levels since last year, St. Paul continues to mandate face coverings for all city licensed business. This includes bars and restaurants, although it allows for the “temporary” removal of masks while eating or drinking. The mandate extends the current mask mandate for an additional 40 days.
Here is the release from the city’s Safety and Inspections …
February 17, 2022
Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter issued Executive Order 2022-11 on February 14, extending the requirement to wear facemasks indoors in all City-controlled facilities and at all businesses licensed by the City of Saint Paul.
Businesses licensed by the City of Saint Paul must require all individuals to wear a face covering indoors at all times when social distancing of at least six feet is not maintained. The Order permits the temporary removal of a face covering when eating or drinking.
All other businesses operating in the City are strongly encouraged to continue to require individuals to wear a face covering indoors at all times, regardless of vaccine status, when social distancing of at least six feet is not maintained.
Individuals at City-controlled facilities, regardless of vaccine status, must wear a face covering indoors at all times. City-controlled properties include park facilities, libraries, and City offices and workplaces.
Individuals are not required to wear a face covering while outdoors, unless at an activity specifically designated and posted by the City as requiring a face covering.
About the Order
The new Order extends Executive Order 2022-3 without amendment. It applies to all individuals except young children at risk of suffocation and persons who cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering. Acceptable face coverings include manufactured or homemade cloth face coverings, and must fully over a person’s nose and mouth. Medical-grade masks are not required but are strongly encouraged.
This Order shall expire at the end of 40 days after its effective date of February 15, 2022 or at the end of the declared local emergency, whichever occurs first.
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