Masks no longer required in City of Rochester & Olmsted County buildings

(ABC 6 News) – Masks are no longer required for anyone visiting government buildings or facilities in Olmsted County and the City of Rochester.

Olmsted County and the City of Rochester still welcome the use of masks in local government buildings for whoever wishes to wear them and strongly encourage unvaccinated and immunocompromised individuals to continue wearing facial coverings.

hese changes are effective March 10, because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the COVID-19 Community Level for Olmsted County to “Medium.” Olmsted County and the City of Rochester have been following CDC recommendations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help guide decision-making on COVID-19 matters.

Masks are still required on Rochester Public Transit buses and in RPT facilities by order of the Transportation Security Administration and the CDC.

Masks will also need to be worn by individuals 2-years-old and up for direct patient care services provided by Olmsted County Public Health Services (that is because the CDC’s new COVID-19 Community Level recommendations do not apply in health care settings).

Additionally, private businesses still retain the right to require patrons to wear masks inside stores and facilities.