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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) -  Rochester Mayor Kim Norton Tuesday signed a Declaration of Local Emergency that will be in effect for at least three days.

According to the declaration:

"Masks will be required to be worn indoors by all individuals in all indoor public settings within the City where medically vulnerable individuals or children under the age of 12 are expected to be present."

The requirement is effective immediately.

This Declaration was signed on August 17 at 10:15 a.m. and will be in effect until 10:15 a.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021 unless the Rochester City Council acts by resolution to extend it.

Kim David/TSM
Kim David/TSM

Earlier story

Rochester residents may be facing another citywide face mask mandate.

Mayor Kim Norton Monday night told the City Council she intended to sign an order declaring a local emergency due to increasing numbers of covid cases in the community.

city of Rochester website
city of Rochester website

It would require face coverings in all city-owned buildings, schools, and “all indoor settings where medically vulnerable individuals or children are expected to be present.”

Norton told the council the order will be in effect for three days to allow time for more discussion.

Violation of this order is not a criminal offense. However, “any individual who fails to comply with this order may be asked to leave and if the person refuses, law enforcement may enforce trespassing laws or any other law the individual may violate. “

In addition, "Owners of public buildings subject to of this ordinance must post signage at all public entrances to the buildings notifying the public that face coverings are required pursuant to this emergency declaration."


"Any business violating this Order shall be subject to administrative action for any licenses they possess with the City."

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