Mask Mandate For Duluth City Buildings Lifted – Only ‘Encouraged’ Now
Some of the last remaining mask mandates in the Twin Ports continue to be lifted as COVID-19 numbers bottom out. The latest: the requirement for all employees and visitors of City of Duluth buildings and facilities.
In a statement released on March 9, the city offered that "[w]ith the recent decline in COVID-19 infections locally and throughout the country, paired with new Centers for Disease Control guidance, the City of Duluth has changed its mask requirement policy within city facilities". The change is effective immediately.
While the City of Duluth isn't mandating or requiring masks to be work in order to enter a city building or facility, that doesn't mean that they've necessarily changed their stance on masking. The statement goes on to say that "[t]he City will immediately encourage masks to be work but not require it".
Meanwhile - last month - the City of Duluth allowed a 30-day mask mandate for all buildings to expire. The mechanics behind how that particular mandate came to be are involved members of the City Council publicly stating that they would not be issuing a mandate - that it was up to the Mayor; almost immediately following that public display, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson issued a mandate for masks to be work inside all buildings within the city limits for the 30-day term. The mandate was allowed to expire on February 12.
Additionally, the masking mandates were lifted for Duluth Public Schools in the last week or so.
At this point - other than hospitals and medical facilities - there are no widespread mask mandates for indoor use in the Twin Ports.