Minneapolis, St. Paul To Require Restaurant-Goers To Show Proof Of Vaccination Or Negative Test
MINNEAPOLS (WCCO) — The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul announced Wednesday that people entering establishments serving food or beverages will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours to enter.
The policy, which will go into effect on Jan. 19 in both cities, is the latest effort by Twin Cities leaders to curb the spread of the highly-contagious Omicron variant.
Earlier Wednesday, state health officials reported that Minnesota’s average positivity rate was now at 19.8% — new record high. The surge in new cases is causing disruptions across virtually all industries, from schools and child care centers to restaurants and hospitals.
At a news conference, Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis said that the new policy will cover all places where people can eat and drink, including stadiums. The policy doesn’t include schools, hospitals, nursing homes or public places, such as the Minneapolis Skyway.
As for the testing requirement, Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul said that only lab tests will count, not rapid home tests. Both cities plan to have saliva or nasal swab count as proof of a negative test.
Both mayors say this policy will be temporary. According to Frey, it’ll be in place until the Omicron surge peaks.
Last week, both cities reinstated mask mandates for businesses. Now, other cities in the metro have implemented mask mandates or are considering doing so.
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