ST. PAUL, MN (AP) -- Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce a statewide face mask mandate on Wednesday to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The governor has scheduled a news conference with health officials and business owners to announce his “next steps in the state’s response to COVID-19.”
His spokesman said it will be an announcement about masking but declined to release details.
Walz told reporters Tuesday he was close to announcing a decision on whether to require people across the state to wear masks in public.
The Minnesota Hospital Association last week called on the governor to order masks statewide.
The press conference is set for 2 p.m. and we'll be streaming it on our website and Facebook page.