St. Cloud City Council Passes Mask Mandate

St. Cloud City Council Passes Mask Mandate Click to Enlarge Photo: Walmart

(KNSI) - The St. Cloud City Council has passed a mask mandate for the city in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mandate goes into effect immediately upon its approval Monday night. It requires most to wear a mask upon entering "places of public accomodation" such as retail stores and public offices.

There will be exceptions to the rule, such as those with pre-existing health conditions that make it challenging to wear a mask and young children.

A 5-2 majority passed the mandate during Monday night's City Council meeting.

Members George Hontos, Steve Laraway, Dave Masters, and Carol Lewis, as well as council president Jeff Goerger, voted in favor while members Paul Brandmire and Mike Conway voted against the emergency ordinance.

People found in violation of the emergency law may be issued a warning letter and fined $250.

Businesses in violations could face "adverse licensing action."

The mandate says face coverings can be homemade as long as they are secured and cover the wearer's nose and mouth.

St. Cloud joins the growing list of Minnesota cities adopting their own mask mandates while Governor Tim Walz has yet to make a decision at the state level.