A message from Mayor Wiersum

City of Minnetonka

A message from Mayor Wiersum

Dear Minnetonka residents,

Happy Independence Day! I hope you enjoy celebrating our nation’s 244th birthday and all it commemorates. You are encouraged to take a moment this weekend to reflect on freedom, what it means to you and what we can each do to ensure everyone – regardless of race, age, ability or beliefs – is equally able to experience our constitutionally-given rights.

Freedom certainly takes on a different meaning during a pandemic. I’ve heard from many of you about how we’re navigating COVID-19 and how it relates to your autonomy. Some don’t want any restrictions. Some are happy to follow guidelines. Some are scared and taking extra precaution. Each person’s reaction to this unprecedented situation is valid, but please understand it’s up to those of us in government to make the best possible decisions for the safety and security of everyone in the communities we serve.

Wearing masks in public to slow the spread of COVID-19 is now the most visible hot-button topic related to the pandemic. Though we have not enacted a mask ordinance in Minnetonka, the city strongly encourages everyone to wear a mask in public – especially indoors and anywhere social distancing is difficult. Wearing a mask is simply respectful, courteous behavior. We haven’t mandated masks for many reasons, including the lack of a state or county directive. Enforcement is challenging at many levels. The city will continue to monitor and discuss as circumstances evolve.

Have a great holiday weekend! As you celebrate the Fourth of July, please continue to follow CDC guidelines to keep yourself and others safe. Be safe, be kind, be well. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.


Brad Signature

Brad Wiersum
City of Minnetonka

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