ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce a statewide face mask mandate on Wednesday to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The governor has scheduled a news conference with health officials and business owners to announce his “next steps in the state’s response to COVID-19.” His spokesman said it will be an announcement about masking but declined to release details.
Walz told reporters Tuesday he was close to announcing a decision on whether to require people across the state to wear masks in public. The Minnesota Hospital Association last week called on the governor to order masks statewide.
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