(FOX 9) – As the ommicron variant of COVID-19 continues to increase in Minnesota, vaccine mandates in Minneapolis and St. Paul begins next Wednesday, January 19. But what does that mean? Here’s an overview of what you need to know about the vaccine mandate and its implications:
What does the vaccine mandate entail?
From January 19 you will: must provide proof of inoculation or negative test taken within 72 hours when visiting a food and/or beverage outlet in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
“Vaccinated” is defined as the entire course of vaccination, meaning both doses of Pfizer and Moderna or one dose of Johnson and Johnson have been completed.
When does it start? And how long will it take?
The Announcement was done on January 13, but the mandate will not take effect until Wednesday, January 19.
St. Paul’s mandate expires in 40 days unless the mayor extends it.
It’s unclear when the Minneapolis mandate ends, but Mayor Frey said the city will continue to monitor the cases and announce updates when needed.
Where does the Twin Cities vaccine mandate apply?
- catering halls
- Wedding venues
- Movie theaters
- bowling alleys
Which places are not covered by the Twin Cities vaccine mandate?
- soup kitchens
Who is not covered by the Twin Cities vaccine mandate?
- St. Paul: ages 0-5
- Minneapolis: Ages 0-1
What are the different ways I can show a vaccination certificate?
You can submit a physical proof of vaccination, such as the original card you received with the vaccination, a photo of your vaccination card on your phone or via an app.
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends the free Docket mobile app, which gives you quick and easy access to your vaccination records. This app also allows you to add family members to one account.
What if my vaccination card is lost or damaged?
The state says they’re receiving a lot of requests right now, so if you need a copy within the next 33 business days, they recommend contacting your health care provider for records.
You can also try to access your data in the Docket app.
What if I am not vaccinated?
You must provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours (three days).
Rapid home tests are not accepted. A PCR test is accepted, if personally supervised.
How will this affect my children?
In Minneapolis, the vaccination requirement does not apply to children under the age of two. Those between the ages of two and five were initially subject to the testing requirements, but the city said it plans to roll back that requirement before the mandate begins.
In St. Paul, all children under five are not covered by the vaccine mandate.
What is a difference between the Minneapolis and St. Paul mandates?
In St. Paul, the mandate starts on January 19 for non-ticketed events, but for ticketed events, the mandate starts on January 26.
How will the US Supreme Court ruling affect these mandates?
The US Supreme Court ruling that blocking the Biden administration from enforcing vaccine-or-testing mandates against employees at large companies will have far-reaching ramifications in Minnesota. It partially disrupts plans in Minneapolis and St. Paul for: vaccine requirements on catering establishments.
While customers must be vaccinated or show a negative test to dine at bars or visit restaurants and entertainment venues, employees of those companies are not covered by the mandate.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter signed an updated order Thursday, January 13, cessation of its 24-hour-old requirement for hospitality workers while preserving the mandate for customers.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey had not yet been followed. It creates an imbalance where diners need to be vaccinated or tested but their server doesn’t.
Does the vaccine mandate apply to games and events at the Xcel Energy Center or Target Center?
Yes. Like the mask mandate, major sports venues like the Xcel Energy Center and Target Center say they will follow city guidelines. Those attending events at those centers must be able to show proof of vaccination or a negative test.
What other companies are under the vaccine mandate?
The regulation applies to small businesses in the Twin Cities that serve food and beverages indoors, such as wedding venues, catering halls, movie theaters and bowling alleys.
What about the mask mandate?
The vaccine mandate was announced just days after both Minneapolis and St. Paul required people to wear masks indoors again.
The renewed mask mandates were restored last Thursday, January 6.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey signed an emergency ordinance re-establishing citywide mask policing requiring customers, employees, and visitors to wear masks in businesses and places of public lodging, including, but not limited to, retail stores, stadiums, arenas, convention centers and recreational facilities.
St. Paul’s Mayor Melvin Carter issued an executive order requiring masks to be worn in all licensed businesses and city-controlled facilities. The mandate doesn’t apply to businesses in St. Paul, only to the approximately 1,800 towns that the city has licensed. That covers most of the city’s public businesses, such as restaurants, event centers, and theaters.
What happens if institutions do not comply with the mandate?
Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey said enforcement of the ordinance will be based on complaints.
“The point is not to go in with a crackdown, but to leave our businesses open,” Frey said. “As for enforcement and how it will function, it will generally be complaint-based.”