Minneapolis Mayor Considering Order To Shutdown Churches Again

"We are considering some form of an emergency regulation to prevent that number of people from gathering," the Mayor of Minneapolis said, speaking on churches reopening.

Mayor Frey

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says he’s considering “an emergency regulation” to prevent churches from opening after Governor Tim Walz said worship can resume at 25% capacity.

Walz announced over the weekend that churches are allowed to reopen at 25% capacity, provided that social distancing guidelines be met, that singing be limited and that the total number of congregants does not exceed 250. However, Frey says that he may contradict the governor’s order with his own emergency regulation in Minneapolis.

“Moving up to 25% capacity & up to 250 people in places of worship is… not the route that we can, or should, be going on right now. We are considering some form of an emergency regulation to prevent that number of people from gathering,” he said on CNN, Monday.

This comes just two days after the major mandated that Minneapolis residents must wear masks while in public or face a $1,000 fine. This regulation is set to take effect next week, per the Star Tribune.

Meanwhile, Minnesota State Senator and medical doctor Scott Jensen says that “surgical and cotton masks can filter particle sizes of 5 microns or more. COVID-19 particles are 50 times smaller.”

“COVID-19 particles require an electron microscope to be seen and are readily transmitted through cotton and surgical masks,” he adds.

However, this has not stopped Minneapolis officials from doing all they can to promote the use of cloth masks.