Face Covering Requirements
As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
WHERE YOU HAVE TO WEAR A MASK:
- In all public, indoor spaces and businesses, including when waiting outside to enter the space.
- On public transportation such as buses, trains, taxi, ride-share vehicles or vehicles being used for business purposes.
- Workers: When working outdoors where social distancing is not possible.
- When at an indoor or outdoor business that has elected to require face coverings. Riverland requires masks on all three of its campuses.
WHERE YOU DON’T HAVE TO WEAR A MASK:
- When at home, in an assigned room or living unit (e.g., hotel or motel room) or other short or long-term housing unit. This would include Student Housing when alone in your own unit.
- When in a private vehicle.
- Outdoors or participating in outdoor recreation.
WHEN YOU CAN TEMPORARILY REMOVE YOUR MASK:
- While eating or drinking if you can maintain six feet of physical distance from other parties.
- When someone asks to verify your identity for lawful purposes like ordering an alcoholic beverage or entering certain events.
- When participating in activity where the face covering will get wet, like swimming.
- While communicating with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing or who has a medical condition, disability or mental health condition that makes communication with that individual difficult.
- While receiving a service, including dental or medical procedures or personal care service that cannot be performed whilte wearing a mask.
- When alone, such as working in an office or cubicle with walls higher than face level when social distancing is maintained.
- Participating in organized sports where the level of exertion makes wearing a face covering difficult.
- Indoor physical exercise, such as a gym or fitness center, where the level of exertion makes wearing a mask difficult, as long as social distancing is possible.
- When testifying, speaking, singing or performing in indoor settings (e.g. theaters, news conferences, court proceedings or lectures) so long as social distancing is possible.
- During practices or performances when a mask gets in the way of playing a musical instrument.
WHEN IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO WEAR A MASK:
- In any public, outdoor space or business when social distancing is not possible.
- Private social gatherings.
- At home for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- During organized sporting activities if it is safe and practical.
- When at home or in a private vehicle when someone who is not a member of same household is present.
The information on this webpage is subject to change without notice.