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Willmar Police won't be enforcing the mask mandate

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(Willmar MN-) Governor Walz' mask mandate went into effect on Saturday, but it still appears it will be up to local businesses to enforce it. Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt says while disobeying the governor's executive order is considered a petty misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $100, his officers will not be patrolling the streets looking for violators...

...Kandiyohi County Sheriff Eric Holien has made similar statements. The order requires people cover their faces when in an indoor public space. Felt says the order does give stores the power to eject anyone who is violating the order...

...And Felt says if customers go into a business and see others not wearing masks, they can show their displeasure by shopping somewhere else, or call the Minnesota Department of Health and report them...

...Citizens are advised not to shame or confront others who are not wearing a mask because people with certain medical conditions are exempt from the rule. The rule applies to all indoor public spaces, including churches, and outdoor gatherings where social distancing is not possible.