Hennepin County's new face covering requirements for entering the county buildings

Abdi Isaaq

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Hennepin County has released new face covering requirements approved by the county commissioner. The requirements apply for visitors and employees in the county buildings.

Fully vaccinated employees and visitors are no longer required to wear face masks in Hennepin County buildings. You are only considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the last dose of the vaccine series. Meanwhile, employees and visitor who are not fully vaccinated are still required to wear face masks. Children under 5 years of age are excluded from these requirements.

Some locations will still continue to have a strict face covering requirements, regardless of the vaccination status of the visitors and employees. These locations that will continue to be strict about the requirements are correctional facilities, courtrooms, health care settings and homeless shelters.

Visitors and employees are suggested to follow building and office signs to know the requirements for each specific building. To enter the building, Hennepin County does not require visitors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. However, Hennepin County requests that visitors who have recently been tested positive for COVID-19 or who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms not to enter county facilities.

If you do not have face covering, the building will provide for those who need one, and visitors who are unable to wear face covering can request accommodation. People in the county buildings are suggested to practice adequate physical distancing at least six feet if possible, but household groups are not required to practice physical distancing.

For more updated information, please visit https://www.hennepin.us/news and for COVID-19 information line, contact at 612-348-3000.

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