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Walz close to announcing face mask decision in Minnesota

Walz close to announcing face mask decision in Minnesota

Updated: July 22, 2020 04:28 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he is close to announcing a decision on whether to require people across the state to wear face masks as a way to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Walz said Tuesday that Minnesotans can expect a decision “in the next day or two.” Last week, Walz said that he is “seriously considering” requiring face coverings across the state.

Tuesday evening, Walz's office announced he will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday to address "next steps in the state's response to COVID-19." WDIO will stream his comments live online and on our Facebook page. 

The Democratic governor said Tuesday afternoon that he was trying to get Republican lawmakers to support such a requirement, hoping to have the action made by the Legislature rather than by executive order, but “they’re not willing to do it.”

KARE-TV reports Walz said that businesses have been telling his administration that they support a mask requirement.

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