MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fourteen Minnesota cities now require residents and visitors to wear a face mask inside public places.

St. Louis Park is the latest to add itself to the list. The decision in the suburb, located just west of Minneapolis, came after two days of debate. The city council’s vote was unanimous, and the face mask requirement goes into effect Monday.

Starting then, masks are required in “public accommodating buildings.” Private, consumer-facing businesses must post signs about the mask policy in their windows.

Exceptions are children younger than five, people with medical exceptions and at polling places. Election laws are such that if you’re 18, a registered voter, you get to vote.

After weeks of consideration, Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order Wednesday afternoon for a mask mandate, which will go into effect Saturday, July 25. It requires the wearing of a face mask or covering inside indoor public places, plus businesses — unless the individual is alone. Workers are also required to wear face coverings if working outside where social distancing isn’t possible.

Officials are still deciding whether or not students will return to classrooms or continue distance learning.

Christiane Cordero

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