Edina, Minn., July 1, 2020 – To slow the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Jim Hovland has signed an Executive Order requiring people to wear face masks inside public spaces in Edina. The order will go into effect Monday, July 6.
The Edina City Council held a special meeting June 29 to discuss a masking policy. Members agreed requiring masks is a reasonable step to protect the public health during this pandemic. According to the proclamation, health officials are increasingly urging non-medical workers to wear facial coverings to help curb the spread of COVID-19 by preventing the transmission of respiratory droplets that contain the virus. Experts have determined masks may reduce the risk of transmission by an infected person as a force multiplier for social distancing and proper handwashing.
Under the policy, people in Edina must cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face covering. According to the order, this includes retail establishments and City-owned public facilities like City Hall.
Masks do not need to be worn inside the City’s recreation facilities, like Braemar Arena and Edinborough Park, when social distancing can be maintained. There are other exceptions. Facial coverings do not need to be worn by people who are eating or drinking, children under the age of 5, people with medical conditions that make it difficult to breathe, those who are deaf or hard of hearing or those who care for or interact with them, and people who are unable to remove a mask without assistance.
The Mayor can enact an emergency proclamation for three days. The City Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday, July 8, to consider extending the policy.
For more information or to view the proclamation, visit EdinaMN.gov/coronavirus (PDF).