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Rochester to lift mask requirement in most city-operated facilities on June 1

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The City of Rochester has announced a new adjustment to its COVID-19 safety requirements in city-operated facilities.

Beginning June 1, masks will no longer be required in city-operated facilities, with a few exceptions, according to a news release from the City on Wednesday. The city encourages unvaccinated residents to continue to wear masks.

Masks will still be required, regardless of vaccination status, in the Rochester Public Library’s Youth Services Area, and they will also be required 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," the City said.

Rochester Public Transit buses and RPT facilities, including stops and shelters, will continue to require masking.

City Council meetings will no longer require face coverings, but social distancing practices will continue.

"Any individual who wishes to continue to wear a mask is welcome to do so in city facilities," the City added. "City teammates have masks on hand for anyone that is unvaccinated and/or may need one to visit a business that continues to require a face mask."

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