MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More Minnesota cities are requiring face masks indoors. Duluth and Minnetonka join the growing list — ordinances passed in both cities at council meetings last night.
The health department is still trying to decide whether a statewide mask mandate makes sense for Minnesota.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: UK Variant Outbreak Linked To Youth Sports In Carver County, Officials Recommend 2-Week Pause
Gov. Tim Walz has asked the state to look at data from other areas to see if requiring masks made a big impact.READ MORE: More Than 1 Million Wisconsin Residents Have Been Vaccinated
A new model from the “Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation” predicts Minnesota will average around 330 new cases of COVID-19 each day this fall. However, if wearing masks becomes more universal, the model predicts only around 50 new cases each day.MORE NEWS: Faces Of COVID: Daryl Kruger, 82, Loved His Grandkids And The MN Twins
A number of other cities have had mask ordinances in effect for weeks if not months now, including both Minneapolis and St. Paul, along with Rochester, Mankato, Edina, and Winona.