Minnesota Mask Law (Template for Exemption Request by Employee)

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.

TO: [Employer]

FROM: [Employee]

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.[1] In the order, the Governor reports that masks may pose a hazard to health—indeed that masks can create a “risk of suffocation,”[2] 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,[3] 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.”[4]

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.


[Printed Name]


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).

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