MINNEAPOLIS (TBEN) – Mask warrants in the Twin Cities persist, even though the statewide requirement has been lifted.
The disparity has led to some confusion this weekend, such as at Utepils Brewing in Minneapolis, where manager Joe Lien said staff need to do a nice little reminder of their rules.
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“Nothing has really changed for us,” Lien said. “We had someone within an hour of the first announcement who came with their card and no mask and tried to say, ‘I don’t have to wear a mask. Everything is normal. ”
This kind of confusion was more common at the Loon Cafe near Target Field. Fans of twins coming from out of town were less likely to know about Minneapolis rules, owner Tim Mahoney said.
“Everyone is very nice, but they’re like, ‘We don’t have to do this in this or that place,’” said Mahoney. “We are not the mask police, and Mayor Frey puts us in the position that we need to enforce an ordinance that has been overturned statewide.”
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Minneapolis Health Commissioner Gretchen Musicant on Friday presented some of the data that helped inform the city’s decision. She said only 28% of the city’s black population received their first dose and only 35% of Latinos.
“The question of how are we going to do this rests on a goal that we have as a city, to lead with the notion of fairness and to protect our populations fairly,” Musicant said.
More than half of Hennepin County has yet to be fully vaccinated, which means they do not meet the criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to eliminate masks.
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A mask warrant is also still in place in Saint-Paul. Local governments and private companies are free to apply their own rules.