City of Chicago mask mandate, evidence of vaccine requirements likely to end when Pritzker lifts Illinois mandate

CHICAGO (WLS) – Chicago health officials said they expect proof of the city’s vaccine requirement and indoor mask mandate to lift around the same time as those in the city. ‘State.

Gov. JB Pritzker said he expects the state’s indoor mask mandate for places other than schools, hospitals and public transit to be lifted on Feb. 28 as COVID hospitalizations continue to decline. .

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Shortly after, Chicago health officials released their own statement saying that if the city continues to see a decline in these leading COVID indicators, we should also be able to lift restrictions at that time.

The news drew mixed reactions. At Charbella Salon in Lakeview, customers wore masks while getting their hair done, as did their stylist. The owner said that so far no one has complained about it, but once the mask mandate is lifted, she still plans to ask for proof of vaccination.

“We will always do this because we want to protect ourselves and the public,” said Vicky Smith, owner of Charbella Salon.

Businesses from salons to fitness centers to restaurants have suffered during the pandemic. Some have been forced to close, while others have had to make major adjustments.

Scott Weiner, partner of 19 Chicago restaurants including West Town Bakery, said removing the mask mandate could be a major step toward normalcy.

“Once that worry passes, I think we’ll see the restaurant industry go back to being as normal as we’re going to be,” he said.

“It’s been a tough environment, we all had to learn on our feet,” said Phillip Walters, B. Hospitality Co.

“As we lift mask mandates, we hope people will feel safer and start going out again,” said Steven Hartenstein, Stefani Restaurant Group.

The Cook County Public Health Department said it also expects that if key metrics continue to improve, vaccination and masking orders for suburban Cook County minus Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park and Stickney Township, could be lifted within the same time frame. Wednesday.

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