At its meeting this evening, the City Commission allowed the current community-wide mask mandate to expire as of 11:59 p.m. on March 22, 2021. While the community will still be requested to utilize face coverings, it will no longer be comprehensively mandated in Fargo. Social distancing, hand washing and other COVID-19 mitigation strategies are still strongly encouraged.
The City of Fargo will continue its activation of Green Operations throughout its facilities until further notice and the Mayoral emergency declaration remains in full effect. Green operations include the requirement for members of the public to wear masks within all City facilities. Temporary employment policies are in place to require City employees to wear face masks while working.
Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney remarked, “Our community is making great progress in COVID-19 vaccinations. However, we are not yet out of the woods and I am making a simple request to our residents – please continue to wear a mask. This is about science, not politics; masks work. The government is not mandating you to wear a mask at this time, but I am asking you to choose to do so in consideration of others. If conditions deteriorate, we will be prepared to reconsider a potential reinstatement of the mandate.”