Lifting the mask mandate has left some people a little conflicted. From business owners to customers, John Lauritsen shares how this latest move is going over (2:09) WCCO 4 News At 5 - May 14, 2021
FRANK VASCELLARO: Today, it's official. Minnesota no longer has a mask mandate. Lifting the restriction has left some people a little conflicted. From business owners to customers, John Lauritsen shares how this latest move is going over.
- I mean, we've been wearing them for a while. And it seems to be working, so I think why not?
JOHN LAURITSEN: In downtown Elk River, any change towards normalcy seems welcome.
DEREK FROMM: I think if people are vaccinated, wearing masks is definitely a little overkill, and I think it's probably time that we start lifting things a little bit and start going back to normal.
JOHN LAURITSEN: The state mask mandate has been in place since last July. Now it will be up to local governments and individual businesses to decide if they will still require masks.
Minneapolis and St. Paul are among cities that will maintain an indoor mask mandate until they've had more time to look at data and consult with health experts.
LINDA FRIGAARD: Quite different from being closed to open to go to goes, to back to open, to closed.
JOHN LAURITSEN: Linda Frigaard is co-owner of Linda's Cafe in Rogers. It's been a year of ups and downs, and she's encouraged by this news. Linda won't require her diners to wear a mask, but her staff will keep wearing them. Even with the mandate gone, concerns remain.
LINDA FRIGAARD: I mean, now that he lifted it, you can't really tell who has been vaccinated and who hasn't. So take them at their word, I guess, and hope for the best.
GLEN HUNT: It's a personal preference for the ones who feel like it's not a safe thing to do yet, but I'm personally in favor for it. I think it's time.
JOHN LAURITSEN: Many of Linda's customers are ready for the mandate to end, but they still expect to wear masks in some stores and businesses.
DONALD LEUER: If I walk into a business and they ask me to put one on, I will. Just-- I don't need to ruffle any feathers. I just want to go about my day.
JOHN LAURITSEN: John Lauritsen, WCCO 4.
FRANK VASCELLARO: Target is among the businesses that will continue to require a mask inside a store. The Mall of America will still require employees to wear them, and anyone visiting Nickelodeon Universe. Shoppers, though, at the MoA, are encouraged to wear them. And if you're fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask at the University of Minnesota, except in a health clinic.