Minnesota Governor issues state mask mandate

Minnesota Government Tim walzTimothy (Tim) James Walz Minnesota Legislation Passes Strangleholding Ban Following George Floyd’s Death Here’s Your State’s Plan To Reopen Schools Minnesota lawmakers criticize the pharmaceutical industry’s lawsuit lawsuit insulin accessibility MORE (D) issued a statewide mask order on Wednesday that will require people to wear face covers at all times when they are in closed public settings and businesses.

Walz said the requirement, which many states have already established, is the cheapest and most efficient way to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and allow businesses to reopen.

“If we can achieve 90 to 95 percent compliance … we can dramatically reduce infection rates, slowing down the spread and breaking the chain,” Walz said at a press conference on Wednesday. “And this is the most economical and effective way to open our businesses. So that we can take our children to school. So that we keep our grandparents healthy, and so that we can recover that life that we all miss so much. ”

The state order takes effect on Saturday. Walz also thanked local leaders who have already issued facial coverage requirements.

The same day Walz announced the state order, the Minnesota health department reported 507 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the state total to 47,961 cases.

The governor said that with the mask mandate in place, he believes the state will be able to move forward and leave the worst days of the pandemic behind.

“Yesterday President TrumpDonald John Trump More than a dozen people injured in shootings near Chicago funeral home Players of the Cleveland Indians meet with team leaders to discuss the possible name change Pelosi calls the coronavirus the ‘Trump virus’ MORE He said the worst is yet to come on COVID-19, quite ominous, but I think for many of us a statement we made in March, “Walz said, referring to Trump’s comments during a briefing on Tuesday.

“I don’t think the president is probably wrong when it comes to the country, but I think here in Minnesota with this mask mandate and with the things that we’ve done prior to this, I think it’s very possible that we won’t do it.” we have the darkest days behind us, but so we can start moving forward, “added Walz.