As of July 25, Minnesotans are required by a mandate from Governor Tim Walz to wear a face-covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Family medical care physician Dr. Bryana Andert said New Ulm Medical Center supports the mask requirement. NUMC does believe the mask mandate is good. It will slow the spread of the virus. If Minnesotans follow the masking protocol, it could allow other places to reopen, including the schools this fall. For the masks to work, it must cover the nose and mouth of a person to catch droplets. Andert said a surgical style mask would be ideal, but might not always be available. Any time of cloth covering would help prevent the spread of the virus, including bandanas or neckerchiefs.