Duluth, Minnetonka join cities mandating masks in public

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Duluth and Minnetonka are the latest cities to mandate face coverings to help stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Council members from both communities passed the requirement Monday night.

Duluth council members voted unanimously in favor of the measure, which requires masks in public indoor places. It takes effect immediately and will remain in place until Gov. Tim Walz ends his local emergency declaration.

The mandate does not apply to children younger than age 10 in Duluth or those unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons, the Star Tribune reported.

The requirement applies to stores, city buses, places of worship, educational institutions, recreational facilities and apartment lobbies.

Those who do not comply with the mandate could be fined $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense and $1,000 for all subsequent offenses. Violators could also face misdemeanor prosecution.

Other Minnesota cities, from Minneapolis to Winona, have passed similar measures.

Minnesota health officials on Tuesday announced 403 confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to 43,170 since the pandemic began. Six new deaths were reported, raising Minnesota’s death toll to 1,510.

The number of patients still hospitalized as of Tuesday was 236, down 11 from the day before, while 107 were in intensive care units, a drop of seven from the previous day.


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