There is no longer a statewide requirement to wear face coverings in most settings. However, federal, state or local laws may require face coverings in some settings, and businesses may set their own requirements.
City of Saint Paul
As of March 10, 2022 - Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter signed Executive Order 2022-17 lifting the mask requirement in city-owned buildings, effective immediately. On February 24, 2022, Mayor Carter signed Executive Order 2022-14, lifting the mask requirement for businesses licensed by the City of Saint Paul, effective immediately. The lifting of the mask requirements come as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to trend downward.
Learn more about the executive order
As of March 1, 2022 - Employees and visitors are no longer required to wear masks in many Ramsey County buildings. Mask requirements remain in effect for some Ramsey County facilities where other governmental regulations apply which include: homeless shelters leased or run by Ramsey County, the Ramsey County Care Center, Correctional Facility, Juvenile Detention Center, Adult Detention Center, Ramsey County Detoxification Center, and Lake Owasso Residence. They are also still required at Ramsey County's WIC clinics, TB Clinic, Clinic 555 and the Mental Health Center.
This policy change follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Feb. 25, 2022. The CDC launched new COVID-19 Community Levels to monitor the number of new cases in communities across the country and the burden COVID-19 is placing on local health care systems. This new approach will combine metrics of COVID-19 hospital admissions and hospital capacity with case data to identify when a community is facing a low, medium, or high level of risk from COVID-19.
Following CDC's new guidance, the COVID-19 Community Level for Ramsey County is currently "medium."
- Masks are recommended for employees and visitors who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised or at high-risk for complications associated with COVID-19.
- Free masks are available at county buildings for visitors who need them.
Like all guidance during the pandemic, the COVID-19 Community Levels may be updated or changed in the future as the situation evolves.
State of Minnesota
As of May 15, 2021 - There is no longer a statewide requirement to wear face coverings in most settings. However, federal, state or local laws may require face coverings in some settings, and businesses may set their own requirements.