Illinois Mask Mandate Returns
August 27, 2021
In response to a statewide rise in COVID-19 cases, Governor JB Pritzker announced that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces effective on Monday, August 30. In alignment with the Governor’s order, face coverings will be required indoors at all City facilities starting on Monday, August 30. While face coverings are not required outdoors, masks are encouraged in crowded outdoor settings and activities that require close contact with people who are not vaccinated.
Governor Pritzker also announced vaccination requirements for individuals in high risk settings. All healthcare workers, Pre-K-12 teachers and staff, as well as higher education personnel and students will now be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Monday, August 23, the Pfizer vaccine (marketed as COMIRNATY) was the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive full FDA approval for people ages 16 and older. The Centers for Disease Control has stated that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and available to anyone age 12 and older. Visit the CDC pages Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines and Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine for more information. In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, please consider getting vaccinated if you are eligible.