New Site Use Rules for MAS Members using MAS Facilities – May 29, 2021

If you have any questions please direct them to the mailbox.

As we all know COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles can contain the virus if we have contracted the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people; land in their eyes, nose, or mouth; or land on surfaces people touch. The risk of COVID-19 transmission increases when people gather with other households.

Several key strategies can reduce the risk of getting sick or transmitting COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated. Vaccination is one of the best things you can do to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19
  • Wear a face covering when recommended by MDH (Minnesota Department of Health) or the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The most recent Executive Order rescinds a statewide requirement to wear face coverings in most settings. However, other federal, state, and/or local laws may require face coverings in some settings, and businesses may set their own requirements. Additionally, Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face covering guidance for schools and childcare settings, remains in effect.

Regarding this Executive Order the MAS Board has discussed and decided masks are no longer required for activities outdoors but as a precaution for the near future masks are required for all persons for all indoor activities including observatories, classrooms, and warming houses whether you are fully vaccinated or not.


We no longer require registration for any events including Impromptu Star Parties or Public Star Parties.

We no longer require a waiver for guests at public events.

Additionally if you are not vaccinated, keep at least 6 feet of physical distance from other households and follow the face covering recommendations according to the MDH.

Vaccinated or not vaccinated, MDH strongly recommends to everyone:

  • Wash hands often
  • Follow guidance on staying home (quarantine) if you were exposed to someone who has COVID19. People who are fully vaccinated may not need to quarantine in many situations
  • Stay home if you are sick. If you are sick, get tested!

Thank you for your patience the past year.

Clear skies,

The MAS Board

Mark Job
Minnesota Astronomical Society