Gov. Tim Walz hails CDC mask guidance, set to ease COVID-19 restrictions


April 28, 2021


From left, Lisa Feese Burns, Kristine Palm and C.T. Brasch enjoyed a walk together with no masks Tuesday at Lake of the Isles. "It's wonderful not having to listen to Lisa muffled," Brasch says.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz welcomed new federal COVID-19 guidance Tuesday allowing vaccinated people to go mask-free in many outdoor settings, even though it will have little practical impact in a state that mostly required them indoors.

The relaxed mask guidance from the CDC is another sign of progress against the pandemic that Walz said could result in a further scaling back of restrictions and capacity limits in the next week in Minnesota.

"Masks coupled with vaccines is really the path out of this thing," said Walz, who hoped that the CDC announcement would incentivize vaccination and encourage continued mask-wearing in places where it remains necessary.


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