By Mayor Tim Busse
Who do you mask up for? I mask up for my wife and for my mother and father in-law who live in a senior living community. I mask up for my neighbors and for the people I meet when I’m grocery shopping or at the Farmers Market. And I mask up for the larger Bloomington community.
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Minnesotans are required to wear face coverings in public. A governor’s order issued in July requires people to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless alone. This includes City of Bloomington facilities.
Research shows that using face coverings, along with physical distancing and hand washing, can reduce the spread of infection. A cloth covering over your nose and mouth helps prevent respiratory droplets (released while coughing, sneezing, talking, yelling or singing) from traveling into the air and onto other people.
As the public health response has continued to evolve, different messages about face coverings have created some confusion, but the evidence is clear: Wearing a mask matters. This is especially important when you are around people outside of your household and physical distancing is hard to do.
People can spread COVID-19 even if they show no symptoms. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 30 – 45% of people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus. Do your part to help with risk reduction. A small cloth face covering can go a long way in the fight against COVID-19. It’s an easy way to help slow the spread of the virus in your community.
To learn how to wear, make or wash cloth face coverings and find other COVID-19 information, visit blm.mn/CDC-coverings or call 800-232-4636.