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Exceptions to state mask mandate


July 24, 2020

Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are not required to wear masks, but are encouraged to wear them when in public.

People who have health conditions, disabilities or behavioral needs that make it difficult to safely wear a mask are exempted from the rule.

There are also exceptions for people who are unable to remove a mask without assistance, and for any person who has trouble breathing.

In addition, the mandate does not apply to private indoor spaces, including homes, or hotel rooms.

There are also lots of situations in which you are allowed to temporarily remove your mask, including:

• when eating or drinking (provided you can maintain 6 feet of social distance from other people);

• when you have to show your ID at a bar or to enter an event;

• when swimming;

• when communicating with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing;

• or when visiting the dentist.

You're also allowed to take off your mask in many different indoor settings, as long as adequate social distancing can be maintained - including:

• in offices and other work spaces;

• while playing organized sports;

• when taking part in indoor physical exercise, such as in a gym or fitness center;

• and when speaking or performing in settings including theaters, news conferences, lectures, concerts and courtroom proceedings.

Compiled from Pine Knot News staff and from Minnesota Public Radio News. Find more statewide Covid-19 information by visiting


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