Minneapolis & St. Paul Enact Vaccine or Test Mandate

Date: January 19, 2022

More Minnesota cities impose mask mandates


On January 12, the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul both announced a new “temporary” requirement for patrons of establishments with food and beverage service to show proof of vaccination or a negative test (less than 72 hours old). The mandate takes effect on January 19, with a one-week delay for “ticketed events” such as concerts and sporting events.


According to the mayors, booster shots are not required to be considered fully vaccinated. The negative test must have been administered in a medical setting (rapid tests do not qualify).


The Minneapolis ordinance is in effect indefinitely, and St. Paul’s will last for an initial period of 40 days.


The move comes roughly a week after the two cities announced mask mandates for retailers, restaurants, and other licensed businesses in the cities.


Since then, several additional cities announced mask mandates, including Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Duluth and Rochester. Municipalities generally require businesses subject to the requirement to enforce the mask mandate on their behalf.

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