FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2022
City of Saint Paul
Kamal Baker, Office of Mayor Melvin Carter
City of Minneapolis
Cities of Saint Paul, Minneapolis lifting regulations requiring COVID-19 vaccinations or negative tests to enter food, drink establishments effective immediately
SAINT PAUL & MINNEAPOLIS - Effective immediately, the Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are rescinding emergency regulations requiring people entering food and drink establishments to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. The end of the requirement comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are trending downward, with current CDC data for Ramsey County over the past 7 days showing a 57.8% drop in cases, and a 37.89% decline in new hospital admissions. As the City continues to monitor data with Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, Executive Order 2022-3 regarding masking requirements at City-controlled facilities, and in businesses licensed by the City of Saint Paul remains in place.
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, ending up in the hospital, and even dying. As with vaccines for other diseases, people who are up to date are optimally protected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines and receive a booster dose when eligible. Use the State’s Vaccine Locator Map to find a vaccine provider near you.
“We are grateful to be in a different place now than we were when this requirement first took effect,” said Mayor Carter. “While I encourage residents to continue to get vaccinated, wear masks, and practice social distancing while indoors, the sharp decline in cases and hospitalizations means we can safely lift the vaccine requirement in our city.”
“Key public health metrics are trending in the right direction,” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. “That is a welcomed sign for Minneapolis, especially for the small businesses and restaurants that have shouldered the weight of this pandemic. Let’s hold the momentum and bring our city back in full by continuing to follow public health guidance and supporting local businesses.”
Businesses who wish to continue with their own vaccine or testing requirements may continue to do so.
View Executive Order 2022-10 here.
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