Mask Concerns and Questions

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20. 07. 29

Information from the Minnesota Department of Health.

FAQ  about the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, requiring people in Minnesota to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless you are alone. 

Should I say something or contact law enforcement if someone near me isn't wearing a face covering?

There are people who may not be able to wear face coverings for a variety of reasons and you may not be able to tell why just by looking at a person. Unless you are a business responsible for ensuring worker and customer compliance with the Executive Order, do not confront a person about why they are not wearing a face covering and do not report the person to state or local authorities, including law enforcement. Instead, ask the person to maintain social distance, if possible. Face coverings protect others from you so the best option is for you to continue to wear your face covering and, where possible, physically distance yourself at least six feet from people not wearing face coverings. Remember, we're all in this together and not everyone is able to wear a face covering.

Where can I send concerns about compliance or questions?

To report violations by businesses: contact one of the agencies listed below, if applicable.

  • To ask questions or report violations of this Executive Order that relate to worker health and safety: Contact the Department of Labor and Industry by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or by phone at 651-284-5050 or 1-877-470-6742.
  • To ask other workplace-related questions about this Executive Order: Contact the Department of Employment and Economic Development using the form on the following web page: Questions about Returning to Work.
  • To report violations by restaurants and food service establishments, pools, or lodging services: Follow the instructions on the MDH Online Complaint Form. In some instances, you may need to contact a local public health agency to report your complaint. Refer to the “Before reporting a complaint” section on the above web page or to the Minnesota State and Local Food, Pools, and Lodging Contacts (PDF)to determine whether a local public health agency is the right contact for your area.
  • To report discrimination in relation to this Executive Order: Contact the Minnesota Department of Human Rights at 1-833-454-0148 or submit a report at Report Discrimination Online.
  • For general questions about face covering requirements or COVID-19: Contact the Minnesota Department of Health by phone at 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, or submit an inquiry using the Have a Question? We're here to helponline form.

*More FAQ and info https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facecoverfaq.html

New Direct Phone Numbers

The New Corrections (Jail) Phone Number is 218-416-7097. Please call this number for any inmate related questions. Inmate voice mail line is 218-416-1120.

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