Twin Cities to lift mandate requiring proof of vaccination, negative test

The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to lift the proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test mandate at establishments serving indoor food or beverages.

According to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, the policy is being lifted immediately. The announcement was made Thursday. The Vaccine or Negative test policy tok effect on January 19.

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Hubbard Broadcasting sister station, KSTP reports many business owners were upset by the mandate, saying it would drive away customers. A group of restaurant and nightclub owners in Minneapolis even sued to halt the mandate but a judge denied that effort.

The cities cited the decline in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as the reason for rescinding the policy.

Mask requirements in the city will remain, however.

“Key public health metrics are trending in the right direction,” Frey said in a statement. “That is a welcomed sign for Minneapolis, especially for the small businesses and restaurants that have shouldered the weight of this pandemic. Let’s hold the momentum and bring our city back in full by continuing to follow public health guidance and supporting local businesses.”

“We are grateful to be in a different place now than we were when this requirement first took effect,” Carter said in a statement. “While I encourage residents to continue to get vaccinated, wear masks, and practice social distancing while indoors, the sharp decline in cases and hospitalizations means we can safely lift the vaccine requirement in our city.”