Chicago, IL asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Minnesota

Q: Can Minnesota residents be fined today, for not wearing a face mask back in the 'Peacetime Emergency' times?


Even though as of today those various COVID mask requirements and executive orders in Minnesota have expired, can someone be still fined, if for example this person was recorded and identified on video visiting a bar or restaurant without a mask back in 2020, during 'Peacetime Emergency' times when all of the executive orders and mask mandates were still active?

Thank you for any advice.

1 Lawyer Answer
Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Because Minnesota Statutes §609.735 CONCEALING IDENTITY, appears to make wearing a mask "to prevent spread of disease" (as opposed to "medical treatment"), in public, a crime; I would challenge any attempt to enforce an "executive order" to the contrary. I've written an article on the topic that develops it further. on my website. That statute has been in effect for many decades, continuously.

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