The Rochester Downtown Alliance staff is strongly recommending masks for all of those who are attending events such as Thursdays Downtown and Movies in the Park.

The recommendation comes from updated guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, along with consultation with Olmsted County Public Health Services.

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The Rochester Downtown Alliance will be implementing the following:

  • Strongly recommending all attending and participating in the two events to wear masks or face covering, particularly when physical distancing cannot be observed.
  • Sanitizing between customers as best as possible.
  • Encouraging all attendees to respect physical distancing in so far as is possible.
  • Encouraging especially vulnerable people, including unvaccinated and immunocompromised, to consider not attending Thursdays Downtown or attending between 2 and 4 p.m. when crowds are reduced, and physical distancing is easier to observe.
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“These are not easy decisions,” said Executive Director Holly Masek. “We have three final weeks of Thursdays Downtown for our community to come together for this tradition and continue to support the participating small business community as they recover from a very challenging year. Our understanding is that under current conditions, this outdoor event can be produced and attended with minimized risk, providing the recommended precautions are followed. We need everyone’s cooperation in keeping our community safe and thank everyone in advance for observing these COVID-19 recommendations.”