St. Louis Park to vote on mask mandate, climate emergency

Despite some resistance, more and more cities across the state are returning to mandatory masking.

St. Louis Park City Hall (Google Maps)

The St. Louis Park City Council is set to vote on a citywide mask mandate at its meeting Tuesday night.

According to the agenda, there are three “policy options” before the council: continue what it’s doing, pass a resolution “strongly encouraging masking,” or adopt an “emergency regulation mandating community masking.”

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and a livestream is available for those who cannot attend in-person.

In Brooklyn Park, city council members will consider a resolution that urges, but does not require, masking at their Tuesday night meeting.

Despite some resistance, more and more cities across the state are returning to mandatory masking as Gov. Tim Walz has indicated that he won’t issue a statewide order.

Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Rochester have all either passed mask mandates or ordered mask-wearing via executive action. Edina and Columbia Heights have rejected new mask mandates.

In Minnetonka, just one city council member, Bradley Schaeppi, voted against the new mandate. Those who voted in favor were Deb Calvert, Kimberly Wilburn, Brian Kirk, Rebecca Schack, Kissy Coakley, and Mayor Brad Wiersum.

Update: St. Louis Park passed a mask mandate Tuesday night. The new mandate will go into effect on Friday.