Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Requirement for Licensed Businesses That Are Spaces of Public Accommodation in Saint Paul

Mayor Carter signed Executive Order 2022-4, which institutes a proof of vaccination or proof of negative COVID test obtained within 72 hours of entry in any licensed businesses that is a space of public accommodation in the City of Saint Paul during any time that food and/or drink is sold or served indoors for consumption.  

The Executive Order will take effect on January 19, 2022 for non-ticketed events, and January 26 for ticketed events. Athletes, performers, and supporting staff competing or performing at any space of public accommodation subject to this regulation, are not subject to the requirement, provided that the facility follows all supplemental COVID-19 safety measures.

Licensed businesses that are covered by this order can download signage to post publicly.

Learn more about Executive Order 2022-4

Updated Masking Guidance (effective January 6, 2022)

Amid highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Mayor Melvin Carter signed Executive Order 2022-3 on January 5, 2022, renewing the requirement for face masks to be work indoors:

  • Individuals, regardless of vaccine status, at City-Controlled Property: Must wear a face covering indoors at all times. Employees who are not in a congregate setting and are alone in their assigned workspace may refrain from wearing a face covering.
  • Individuals are not required to wear a face covering while outdoors, unless at an activity specifically designated and posted by the City as requiring a face covering.
  • Businesses Licensed by the City of Saint Paul: Must require all Individuals to wear a face covering indoors at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained, except for temporary removal of face covering when eating or drinking.
  • Athletes, performers, and supporting staff competing or performing at indoor spaces that are licensed or controlled by the City of Saint Paul are not subject to this regulation.
  • All Businesses: Strongly encouraged to continue to require that all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, wear a face covering indoors at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained.
Learn more about Executive Order 2022-3

Vaccine Booster Shot Information

Pfizer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to:

  • Expand the use of a single booster dose to include use in individuals 12 through 15 years of age.
  • Shorten the time between the completion of primary vaccination of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and a booster dose to at least five months.
  • Allow for a third primary series dose for certain immunocompromised children 5 through 11 years of age.

Johnson & Johnson

All Minnesotans 18 and older who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are recommended to get a booster shot at least 2 months after their initial vaccine.

Moderna

All Minnesotans ages 16 and older who finished their primary series of the Moderna vaccine at least six months ago are recommended and able to get their COVID-19 booster shot. 

Choosing a booster shot

All adults 18 and older can "mix and match" COVID-19 vaccine boosters, meaning anybody who is eligible to get a booster shot can get any of the three currently authorized or approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson), regardless of what vaccine they received for their primary series. 16 and 17-year-olds who received the Pfizer vaccine should get a Pfizer booster shot. Note that not all providers are offering all three boosters. Please check with your local clinic or provider for what booster shots they offer. Find a provider to get a booster shot near you

All Minnesotans 5 years of age and older now eligible for Pfizer vaccine

  • Minnesotans age 5 to 17 are eligible only for the Pfizer vaccine.
  • The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized and recommended for people ages 18 years and older.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Youth in Saint Paul

Child doses are now available at Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health-operated clinics. Additionally, several Saint Paul Public Schools are holding vaccine clinics for ages 5 and up. Kids in this age group can also get the vaccine at free clinics operated by the State of Minnesota, at health care clinics, and pharmacies. Remember, there is no cost for the vaccine. You do not need to provide a government-issued ID or medical insurance to be vaccinated, and no question on immigration status is ever asked. Parents and guardians can find more information about the vaccine for children and teens.

Community Vaccination Locations

Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health has opened its large COVID-19 vaccination clinics to the general public. Registration is available online or individuals can call Ramsey County Public Health’s vaccine phone line at 651-266-1190 (Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) with questions or to get help. 

Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector

Governor Walz announced the launch of the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, a tool that helps all Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. When a Minnesotan becomes eligible to receive a vaccine under state guidelines, the Vaccine Connector will: 

  • Alert them when they're eligible.
  • Connect them to appointment scheduling resources.
  • Notify them of vaccination opportunities in their area.

There will be no cost and no restricted time period for signing up. Minnesotans unable to sign up online can call 833-431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone. Translation service is available by phone

We must continue to wear masks, socially distance, wash our hands frequently and stay home if we are sick to make sure as few people as possible get COVID-19 until a vaccine is widely available.

Access Immunization Records

The Minnesota Department of Health announced a new mobile app that gives Minnesotans access to their immunization record faster. Minnesotans can now easily access their immunization record through their smartphones or other mobile devices by using an app called Docket. Docket enables residents with a Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) record to securely view and share their immunization records, even if they were given by different health care providers in Minnesota.

Lost your vaccine card?

You should get a card when you get your COVID-19 vaccination that includes the name of the vaccine product and the date you got it. Follow recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health on what to do if you've lost your vaccine card. Information is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.

Additional Tools

The tools below are intended to help Minnesotans connect with vaccine providers, view key vaccination data for our state, and learn more about the state's vaccine distribution plan.

  • Minnesota’s new COVID-19 vaccine locator map connects people age 65+ to vaccination opportunities. There is still a limited amount of vaccine, so appointments may not be available everywhere. 
  • The State of Minnesota has launched a public vaccine data dashboard to detail the progress of COVID-19 vaccine allocation, distribution, and administration across Minnesota. 

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Testing Options in Saint Paul

  • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced a new semi-permanent COVID-19 community testing site in Saint Paul. The Saint Paul site is located in Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 175 West Kellogg Blvd. Testing at the Saint Paul site will occur Monday – Thursday, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Testing is free at all of the state's community testing sites. Appointments can be made through the Vault Health registration site. Walk-ins are also accepted.
  • The COVID-19 Test at Home program is now available to all Minnesotans across the state. 

Language Support Services

If you have questions related to COVID-19 and require language support services, please contact 651-201-3920 and a representative from the Minnesota Department of Health can assist you.

Language Resources

Public Health Information

For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call 1-833-431-2053 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Is it COVID-19? Use the State of Minnesota's tool with symptoms and when to seek medical help. Learn more about COVID-19 on the CDC website.

Multilingual Health Information

Find video PSAs, print materials, and translated documents to assist with preparing for and responding to COVID-19 on MDH's Materials and Resources for COVID-19 website.

Mental Health Information

If you are experiencing stress and mental health symptoms as a result of COVID-19, you can call Ramsey County's Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line at 651-266-7878 and the Adult Mental Health Crisis Line at 651-266-7900.

Saint Paul Public Library Social Worker

Saint Paul Public Library Social Worker offers phone support weekdays from 1-4 p.m. Get help with problem-solving, ask questions, find resources, or get support from a licensed social worker. Call 651-300-9305 or email ruby.rivera@wilder.orgLearn more at sppl.org.

The library has also created a Wellness and COVID-19 information guide with more resources.

Managing Stress and Anxiety

COVID-19 Scams

Be aware of scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding COVID-19 vaccines. Help protect yourself from threats and be on the lookout for phishing emails and fraud:

  • COVID antibody tests: The FBI says con artists are advertising fake COVID-19 antibody tests in hopes of harvesting personal information they can use in identity theft or health insurance scams.
  • COVID vaccine registration scams: Be suspect of emails requesting information in order to register for vaccine trials or other related programs. 
  • Contact tracing: Messages from actual contact tracers working for public health agencies will not include any links or ask you for money or personal data.
  • Ask for donations: Be skeptical of fundraising calls or emails for COVID-19 victims or virus research, especially if they pressure you to act fast and request payment by prepaid debit cards or gift cards.
  • Appear to be from someone you know asking for personal information: Even if the sender appears to know you, never provide account information/passwords via email. Also, do not reply to the message; instead reach out to your contact individually to clarify.

To report a scam or other consumer problem related to COVID-19, use the Federal Trade Commission's Complaint Assistant at ftc.gov/complaint.

Last Edited: January 14, 2022