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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Like businesses and other entities, Rochester city buildings are going mask-free.

The city says starting Tuesday, “masks will no longer be required inside city-operated facilities, with some exceptions. Unvaccinated members of the public are strongly encouraged to wear masks. All teammates and visitors to city-operated facilities are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing.”

Rochester City Hall
photo by Andy Brownell

There will be some exceptions:

  • Masks will continue to be required, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, in the Rochester Public Library’s Youth Services Area and in some Parks & Recreation youth programs. This requirement is in the interest of the health and safety of youth under the age of 12 that are unable to receive vaccinations at this time.
  • Masks are still required on Rochester Public Transit buses and in or around RPT facilities, including stops and shelters due to a federal transportation-related directive. Current occupancy on RPT buses is 50%.



Social distancing practices will be maintained at City Council Meetings, thus limiting the number of in-person public attendees. Face coverings are not required; however, unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

The meetings will continue to be available through public access channels and the city website.

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