Duluth reinstates mask mandate in city buildings

Rising COVID-19 infections prompted the city to take action.

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DULUTH — City officials announced that as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, it would require that masks be worn, regardless of anyone's vaccination status, in all city offices and facilities. The announcement noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently characterized the rate of community COVID-19 virus spread as high in St. Louis County.

Noah Shuchman, Duluth's chief administrative officer, said city employees were notified of the reinstated masking requirement via email earlier in the day.

"This is not a decision that we make lightly and is a short-term step which we feel is in the best interest of our staff, their families and the public," Schuchman said in a written statement.

The city of Duluth is not alone in revisiting its masking policy in light of growing coronavirus infections. On Friday, St. Louis County issued a recommendation that everyone wear masks in county facilities. And last week, the Duluth Public Schools announced that school staff would be required to wear masks as of May 23. School officials also recommended students and visitors recommence indoor masking.

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