With 40 states now experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases, state officials are pleading with Minnesotans to 'Mask Up' when in public.

Governor Tim Walz is considering a statewide mask requirement at the urging of state health officials. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says the evidence is increasingly clear that masks are effective. COVID-19 cases in Minnesota begin to rise slightly, as hospitalization numbers continue on a downward trend.

Wit the upcoming 4th now July weekend expected to send Minnesotans out for fun and festivities, the State has launched the #MaskUpMN campaign to raise awareness that the best way we can keep our economy open is to wear masks.

Our businesses are an integral part of the social fabric of Minnesota, and it has been heartbreaking to see this pandemic's impact. We ask that Minnesotans mask up so that our businesses and organizations can keep their doors open.


Masks are more than just a courtesy – they are the most effective tool we have against the spread of COVID-19. The CDC recommends that we wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth in restaurants, bars and all other public places where it is hard to stay 6 feet away from others.

The Minnesota Department of Health offers up-to-date guidance on when and how to wear a mask here.

Happy 4th of July, and #MaskUpMN

Pete Hanson is on 98.1 Minnesota's New Country weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:00.

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