Winona’s mayor ordered residents and visitors wear masks when inside public buildings.
Mayor Mark Peterson signed the citywide mask order Tuesday. It goes into affect at noon Friday.
Those inside public buildings will be required to wear a mask, when closer than six feet to others, or where that distancing is difficult. The only time this will not be enforced is at bars/restaurants when seated.
Monday, Rochester, Minn., and Mankato, Minn., approved similar orders.
Winona added four cases Tuesday of COVID-19 to its now 129 total cases, 15 deaths — of which all had come from the Sauer Health Care senior living facility.
“This order will help keep our businesses open, allow our schools and universities to open this fall, and most importantly protect the health and safety of all Winona residents,” Peterson said in a statement.
Other exemptions include for medical, disability, developmental, and other reasons.
Those who refuse to wear a mask, law enforcement may enforce trespassing laws. Businesses that violate the proclamation may face administrative action for any licenses they possess with the city.
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