There is no longer a statewide requirement to wear face coverings in most settings. However, other federal, state, or local laws may require face coverings in some settings, and businesses may set their own requirements. Additionally, Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. For more information, see Executive Orders from Governor Walz.
People who are not vaccinated, including children, are not required to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors by state executive order, but are at risk for getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommend that anyone who is not fully vaccinated continue to wear face coverings indoors in businesses, public settings, and when around people from other households, as well as outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.
People who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors. However, MDH and CDC recommend face coverings for fully vaccinated people in a few situations – refer to information below for more details.
Laws in certain settings may require face coverings
Certain settings may have specific federal, state, and/or local legal requirements that require face coverings.
- For example, the CDC requires face coverings on buses, trains, trolleys, subways, ride-shares, maritime transportation, air travel, and other public transportation. Visit CDC: Requirement for Face Masks on Public Transportation Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs. In addition, health care settings – including long-term care – may be required by federal, state, and/or local regulatory authorities to require face coverings in certain situations.
- Note that this is not an exclusive list of federal, state, or local face covering requirements. Be sure you understand your region and industry’s legal requirements. Businesses that are uncertain about applicable legal requirements should seek legal advice.
Businesses may require face coverings
Businesses and entities can also set their own face covering rules, and workers and customers may be legally required to follow those requirements.
Regardless of vaccination status
Face coverings are strongly recommended in the following situations:
- In settings where there is a high risk of COVID-19 spread or complications from COVID-19 infection such as health care settings, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities. Refer to CDC’s Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination and COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs in Correctional and Detention Centers.
- For people who have symptoms of COVID-19. Refer to If You Are Sick: COVID-19 for guidance on staying home and away from others (isolation). People who have symptoms should remain at home. If they must go out (e.g., to go to a medical appointment), they should wear a face covering.