Minnesota Mask Mandate


As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order, people in Minnesota will be required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless you are alone.

How masks work

  • The virus which causes COVID-19 is thought to be mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough or sneeze. Wearing a mask stops these droplets from spreading to others. This is extra important because 30-45% of people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus. 
  • Wearing a mask does not mean people who are sick should be in public. Stay home if you are sick unless you need to seek medical care.

Who should wear a mask

  • Everyone who can wear a mask should.
  • Even if you've had COVID-19, you should still wear a mask because we do not know if people can get sick with COVID-19 again.
  • Do not put masks or face covers on children under age 2.
  • Do not put masks or face covers on anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or unable to remove the mask without help.
  • People with disabilities or special health needs may not be able to wear a mask. Best Practices for Masks: Considerations for People with Disabilities and Special Health Needs (PDF)

How to wear a mask

  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask and after taking it off.
  • Cover your nose and mouth and try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Keep the mask on your face the whole time you are out. Don't put the mask around your neck or on your forehead.
  • Wash your mask after each time you wear it.
  • How to Safely Wear Your Mask (PDF) Poster for download and printing.
  • Videos for COVID-19 Response: see How to Safely Wear Your Mask and COVID-19 Mask Do's and Don'ts

Types of masks

  • Types of face coverings can include a paper or disposable mask, a cloth mask, a scarf, a bandanna, or a religious face covering.
  • Do not buy or wear surgical or N95 masks. Health care workers need them so that they are protected when helping sick patients.
  • Do not wear a mask with a valve because it allows droplets to be released from the mask.

Printable Materials and Resources can be found HERE

Visit mn.gov/COVID19