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Local Mask Requirements At Retail

list of local masking regulations impacting retailers

The following local governments have issued masking requirements impacting retailers:

  • Winona -At an emergency meeting this morning (August 27), the Winona City Council rescinded the indoor mask order issued by the Mayor earlier in the week, effective immediately.

    From the City website:

    "At a special meeting Friday, August 27, 2021, the Winona City Council voted to rescind the mask order for indoor public spaces issued by Mayor Scott Sherman earlier this week with a 4-3 vote. Effective immediately, the order is no longer in place. Businesses can still choose to require or encourage masks, and masks are still a recommended measure to slow the spread of COVID-19."


  • Winona - The Winona Mayor issued a mask mandate shortly before 5:00 p.m. today becoming effective this evening at midnight (Thursday, August 26). The order requires masking indoors city-wide and impacts businesses serving the public including retailers.
    According to the Winona Post:
    "In a press release, city officials wrote that the order lasts for the next 30 days; however, the text of the order indicates it will expire in three days if the City Council does not vote to extend it. An emergency meeting of the City Council is scheduled for Friday. The city has not released the time of that meeting. the mandate."

    Click here for the City released information on the mask mandate.

    Note that while the City webpage says the order takes effect immediately, the order itself lists 11:59 p.m. on August 25, 2021 as the effective date of the emergency declaration.


  • Rochester - On August 19 around 5:00 p.m,. the Rochester City Council voted to rescind the City mask mandate effective immediately. The Council passed a resolution stating "it is strongly recommended to wear masks indoors by all people in indoor public settings especially where medically vulnerable individuals or children under the age of 12 are expected to be present".

Last updated August 27, 2021 - 11:20 a.m..

Minnesota Retailers Association Statement On The Ending Of Business Restrictions

Today is a big day for Minnesota as it marks the end of pandemic business restrictions.  For all the give and take, and thousands of conversations over the pandemic season, today is a day to appreciate the turn of attention to getting all Minnesotans back to work and growing our communities.  We had a good trajectory pre-pandemic, and it’s time to get back on track.

The Minnesota Retailers Association has appreciated the collaboration with Commissioner Steve Grove and the DEED team this past year, and we look forward to seeing their passion and partnerships put to work on getting Minnesota back to work.

Retailers and their employees across the State are excited to fully turn our attention to growth and a better Minnesota, community-by-community.

Minnesota Retailers Association Statement On Masking Changes – May 13, 2021

The CDC guidance and Governor Walz’s announcement on dropping Minnesota’s mask mandate tomorrow is a welcome step celebrating Minnesota’s vaccination progress and pandemic response. The announcement carried with it an important reminder that businesses--including retail stores—can still make their own decisions on masking.

Some retailers will lift masking requirements and others will keep them in place.  We remind everyone that during this transition it is important to respect the requests of businesses as they look to make the best decisions possible when it comes to the safety of customers and workers.

Minnesota’s retailers are excited to near the end of the pandemic emergency and appreciate shoppers and employees helping Minnesota get there.

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