Following is a template that I drew up today for a friend. Feel free to use it, if you are in Minnesota, forced to wear and mask at work, and don’t want to.
RE: Exemption from Mask Requirement for [Employee]
DATE: [Date Sent]
I am requesting an exemption from the mask mandate at work.
On July 22, 2020, Governor Walz issued an executive order that mandates Minnesota businesses to require their employees to wear masks. In the order, the Governor reports that masks may pose a hazard to health—indeed that masks can create a “risk of suffocation,” i.e. the state or process of dying from lack of air.
Due to many considerations, including the risk of death by suffocation, the governor’s executive order contains several exemptions, including for people “who have medical or other health conditions, disabilities or mental health, developmental, or behavioral needs that make it difficult to tolerate wearing a face covering.”
I am requesting an exemption from the mask mandate at work, because I do not want to impede my breathing and risk suffocation—in general and especially because I am currently pregnant.
Thanks very much for your time and consideration.
1. Executive Order 20-81(9)(a), available at https://mn.gov/governor/assets/EO%2020-81%20Final%20Filed_tcm1055-441323.pdf.
2. Id. at pt. 8(a)-(b), 12(a)(i).
3. See, e.g., Id. at pt. 8; see also Minnesota DOH, Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations under Executive Order 20-81 (Aug. 3, 2020), available at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facecover.html.
4. Executive Order 20-81(8).