Governor Tim Walz launches week-long statewide homemade mask drive to combat COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan have launched a week-long statewide homemade mask drive to encourage Minnesotans to create homemade masks for donation and highlight the importance of workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, Minnesotans can deliver homemade masks to their local fire department. Fire departments will then deliver the masks to local congregate living facilities for their employees and residents to wear.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings to protect others from COVID-19. Cloth face masks can help prevent the wearer from infecting others – especially in situations where they may spread the virus without symptoms.

Cloth face masks are not a proven way to prevent COVID-19 from infecting the wearer.