Health experts continue to say that cloth masks are one of the easiest ways to limit the spread of COVID-19. Recently, Minnesota’s Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan talked about the importance of children wearing masks.
Flanagan says everyone over 5 years old should mask up.
“While our littlest Minnesotans are less affected by COVID-19, they can still get sick or spread the virus to others who might be severely impacted.” said the Lt. Governor.
Flanagan brought her daughter, Siobhan, to demonstrate wearing her mask.
Flanagan says parents should teach their children good mask-wearing habits now, so they’re ready for whatever fall brings.
Some schools are still weighing in-person learning, distance learning, or a mix of the two and it’s something that could change based on COVID-19 cases in the school district.
“Make it part of your routine, it’s like tying your shoes.” said the Lt. Governor.
Health experts say face coverings can help stop your germs from infecting others, and is a factor in slowing the spread of the virus. Washing hands often and social distancing are still crucial, however.
In late July, Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order that implemented a statewide mask mandate. People in Minnesota are required to wear face covers in all indoor business and indoor public spaces, unless you’re alone.
There are locations where you can pick up masks for free. More information on that, and more, can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.