Duluth lifts mask requirements in city facilities

Citing a decline in COVID infections locally and new CDC guidance, the city has made masking optional in its buildings.

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DULUTH — Masks will no longer be required inside city facilities effective immediately, the city announced Wednesday afternoon.

According to a news release, the decision was made based on a recent decline in COVID-19 infections coupled with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The city will continue to encourage mask-wearing and monitor COVID infections. Mask requirements may be implemented again if risk levels rise.

A 30-day citywide mask mandate for all buildings was allowed to expire Feb. 12. Mask-wearing became optional in Duluth Public Schools on Monday.

More than 95% of the Guard’s 13,000 soldiers and airmen have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but holdouts remain. The Department of Defense has a Thursday, June 30, deadline to get the shot.

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