With Cook County seeing a rapid increase in COVID cases, health officials have reinstated a mask warrant for all residents aged 2 and older, regardless of a person’s COVID vaccination status.
This mask mandate applies to all indoor public spaces, with specific exceptions, and went into effect Monday.
Here are the spaces where the new mask mandate will be in effect:
-In all indoor public places, including bars, restaurants, grocery stores, gyms, cinemas, museums, hotels, performance halls, commercial buildings, healthcare facilities, private clubs and in common areas of condominium and multi-residential buildings.
-In public transports
-In correctional and collective settings
There are many exceptions to the mask rule, including:
-The masks can be removed while eating or drinking in bars, restaurants or other establishments
-Masks can also be removed during specific activities that require removal, including beard shaving or salon facials.
-Masks can also be removed by employees in places that are not open to the public. Employees in these environments must also be static and must maintain a social distance of at least six feet from all other individuals.
– The order also exempts religious institutions, although officials encourage these institutions to comply with CDC rules and recommendations.
Other notes from the press release:
– Businesses open to the public must display signage, in a shape and size approved by the county health department, advising customers and staff that masks are required. Signs must be posted at all entrances to the establishment.