Winona mask order to require face coverings in public indoor spaces
Order also encourages face coverings outdoors where distancing is difficult
WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) — A citywide mask order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday requiring all Winona residents and visitors to wear face coverings when in public indoor spaces and encourages face coverings outdoors where physical distancing is difficult.
The 30-day order, which Winona Mayor Scott Sherman signed on Wednesday, comes amid a continued rise in COVID-19 cases, specifically related to the Delta variant, across the region, according to a news release.
“Masks allow our community to keep businesses open and allow our students and children to learn in a safe environment,” Sherman said. “The health and safety of all Winonans are of prime concern and masks, among other tools, help us to stay safe and healthy.”
The order requires wearing masks indoors when people are in businesses, bars/restaurants (except when seated) and other locations, according to a news release from the city. It includes exemptions for medical, disability, developmental and other reasons.
Folks who don’t comply will be asked to leave the business or area, and refusal could result in trespassing allegations, according to the news releases. Businesses could face administrative actions on city licenses.
Sherman will address the public and take media questions about the order at 9 a.m. Thursday. The news conference will take place in the city council chambers and be streamed via Zoom and on the city’s COVID-19 information Facebook page.
The City Council, which can extend or end the order at any point, will meet to consider an emergency resolution to extend the mask order duration on Friday. The meeting will take place in the council chambers and be streamed via Zoom and on the city’s COVID-19 Information Facebook page. The city’s public meeting calendar will detail the Zoom meeting information and time when it is set.
More information, and an FAQ list, are on the city’s website, under COVID-19 information.
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