Minneapolis and St. Paul Lift COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Restaurants, Bars, Event Spaces
Only weeks after they went into effect on January 19, Minneapolis and St. Paul officially lifted the COVID-19 vaccine or negative test requirements for city restaurants, bars and other public spaces on Thursday (Feb. 10).
“We are grateful to be in a different place now than we were when this requirement first took effect,” St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said. “While I encourage residents to continue to get vaccinated, wear masks, and practice social distancing while indoors, the sharp decline in cases and hospitalizations means we can safely lift the vaccine requirement in our city.”
The two cities’ emergency regulations requiring the wearing of a mask in indoor public spaces, however, remain in effect.
Nevada Governor Rescinds Statewide Mask Mandate, Effective Immediately
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) on Thursday (Feb. 10) rescinded his state’s mask mandate in light of promising COVID-19 metrics, with his decision going into effect immediately.
“We have seen a rapid decline in case numbers, coupled with declining hospitalizations, a drop in COVID-19 detected in wastewater, a broader availability of testing, and an increase in available treatments,” Sisolak said in a press conference.
“Given all of these updates and the tools we have, now is the appropriate time for me to announce that Nevada will rescind our mask mandate, effective immediately. While masks will no longer be required in public places, there are locations where you may still be asked to wear a mask,” he added.
Nevada was among the few states to still maintain a statewide mask mandate, along with California, Oregon, Washington state and New Mexico.