Statewide Mask Mandate Likely

KSTP Chief Political Reporter Tom Hauser reports that Gov. Tim Walz is likely to announce a statewide mask mandate at the press conference today (Wednesday). 

In the last few weeks, the governor has hinted that a mask mandate was possible.

Walz has scheduled a news conference with health officials and business owners to announce his “next steps in the state’s response to COVID-19.”

Last week, the Minnesota Hospital Association called on the governor to order masks statewide.

Minnesota hospitals ask Walz for statewide mask mandate

There are 28 other states that already have a mask mandate in place for at least parts of the state including Texas, New York, California and Illinois. 

Watch the full announcement at 2 p.m. on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS and, full audio on Cool 103.5 FM.

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