On Wednesday, July 22nd, Governor Walz issued an executive order mandating mask use for indoor public spaces. The mandate takes effect early morning, Saturday, July 25th, just before our weekend Masses.
This mandate includes churches and so beginning this weekend everyone will be required to wear a face mask at Mass. Expectations are in place for people with medical or mental health conditions that make it "unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering." Children under the age of 5 are also exempt, though masks are still encouraged for children between the ages of 2 and 5. The order states that "those who are under 2 years old should never wear a face covering due to the risk of suffocation."
We thank you in advance for taking this mandate seriously and following it by wearing a face mask at Mass.