ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is out of self-quarantine.
While he will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future amid the COVID-19 crisis, Walz got a chance to go back outside on Monday night.
He took his dog Scout to the dog park and did so while wearing a cloth mask.
To protect others. Not himself.
“I had a cloth mask on,” said Walz, who originally quarantined himself after a member of his security detail tested positive for COVID-19. “I did notice that there were only a couple of us doing it.”
It’s important to note that wearing a cloth mask likely doesn’t prevent a person from contracting the virus. That’s something Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm hammered home earlier this week.
Instead, wearing a cloth mask simply helps a person prevent spreading their own germs. That can be especially important if a person is asymptomatic.
As far as wearing the cloth mask, Walz admitted it was a little awkward initially.
That said, Walz made it clear that he plans to follow the directive from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advises for everyone to wear a mask, or some other cloth face covering, if social distancing is difficult to maintain.
“I think it’s important to do,” Walz said. “I will be wearing it and asking my family to do so as well.”