A message from Mayor Wiersum

City of Minnetonka

A message from Mayor Wiersum

Dear Minnetonka residents,

As COVID-19 continues to challenge us in countless ways, it is the role and responsibility of elected officials to act judiciously and decisively to protect the people we serve. This week, the Minnetonka City Council did that. We passed an ordinance to require masks in Minnetonka in all indoor public spaces starting Thursday, July 23.

This was not an easy decision, but it was the right decision for the public health of our community. Since March, the council and city have taken an aggressive approach to combating the spread of COVID-19, and this was a logical next step.

While a significant majority of resident input supported implementing a mask ordinance, there are many residents who are angry and feel this is, “government over-reach.” I respect that perspective and the right to disagree. However, in the midst of a pandemic, the city council acted within its authority to protect public health. This was not a popularity contest. It was a unanimous decision by the council to do what it believes is needed to protect the health of Minnetonka residents.

Around the nation, COVID-19 cases are increasing and health systems are being pushed to the limit. Here in Minnesota, cases aren’t surging but they are increasing. The positive test rate hovers around five percent, and approximately 1.1 percent of Hennepin County residents have tested positive. Another surge could be on the way, so it’s essential we take every precaution to prevent that from happening. 

Your actions are important and will protect you, your family and our entire community. Wear a mask indoors and anywhere social distancing isn’t possible. Maintain six feet of distance. Wash your hands often. Stay home if you’re sick. Follow CDC guidelines. I know we can all repeat this in our sleep by now, but these simple actions need to become a routine part of life until COVID-19 is no longer a threat.

Be safe, be kind and be well. You remain in my continued thoughts and prayers.  


Brad Signature

Brad Wiersum
City of Minnetonka

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Visit minnetonkamn.gov/masks to learn more about the face mask ordinance, including exemptions and answers to frequently asked questions.