Starting Friday night, masks are now optional at all Twins home games. “Was expecting more of a ramp up and just boom, here we go,” one fan says. “We strongly encourage mask wearing, but they will no longer be required in outdoor areas at Target Field,” Twins spokesman Matt Hodson says.
“It’s underwhelming for sure,” another fan adds. “Could be better,” one Twins fan says.
Last place isn’t where fans expected to be at this point in the season, and they didn’t expect to be maskless this early either. Fewer fans in the stands and a team sitting in last place.
Hodson says a good rule to follow is that if you have to open a door to go inside, you’ll have to wear a mask. Besides the Twins, business owners in Minneapolis and in Saint Paul are also in a unique situation when it comes to masks. However, many of the food stands, the concourse and the common areas, are still considered outside, so masks will not required in those spaces.
“Masks will still be required if you go into our restaurants, our bars, our retail locations that are indoors,” Hodson explains. That’s the rule the team has set for all outdoor spaces, but since the ballpark is within Minneapolis city limits, the team still has to adhere to the city’s indoor mask mandate.
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