Proclamation from Mayor Busse regarding face coverings

As of July 25, 2020, per Governor Walz's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless alone.

WHEREAS, Governor Walz has strongly encouraged Minnesotans “to wear a manufactured or homemade cloth face covering when they leave their homes and travel to any public setting where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) and to follow face covering guidelines issued by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Such face-coverings are for source control (to help limit the person wearing the covering from infecting others)”; and

WHEREAS, Public health experts are increasingly urging the public to wear cloth face coverings to help curb the spread of COVID-19, by preventing the transmission of respiratory droplets that contain the virus; and

WHEREAS, Public health experts have advised that it is possible to transmit COVID-19 even before a person shows symptoms; and

WHEREAS, Public health experts have recommended that the use of face coverings may reduce the risk of transmission by an infected person as a component of multiple preventative measures for physical distancing, hand washing, and other prevention measures, understanding that face coverings are not recommended as a replacement for these activities; and

WHEREAS, On June 28, 2020, the CDC stated the following:

  • CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who do not live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
  • Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
  • Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

THEREFORE, I, Mayor Tim Busse, do hereby proclaim, strongly encourage, and call upon all Bloomington residents and visitors to join me in wearing a cloth facial covering over one’s nose and mouth, in accordance with the state and federal guidance, as a measure to help protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community from COVID-19 while in indoor public settings; and do hereby further proclaim that the use of a cloth facial covering over one’s nose and mouth is required as a measure to help protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community from COVID-19 when inside City of Bloomington facilities, unless otherwise exempted or not recommended by local, state, or federal guidance.

Dated this 13th of July, 2020

Tim Busse, Mayor
City of Bloomington