Here’s what you need to know
Monday marks the end of indoor COVID-19 mask requirements in most public spaces in Illinois, but a number of exceptions apply. Here’s what you need to know:
• The mask mandate, signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker on August 30, 2021, is lifted from Monday. However, local jurisdictions, private companies and retailers may institute their own requirements.
• The City of Chicago and Cook County are also stopping masking and proof of vaccination rules.
• Federal mask requirements still apply to public transit systems, including Metra trains, Pace buses, and Chicago Transit Agency trains and buses. The rules also encompass airports like O’Hare and Midway and airplanes.
• Masks should be worn in health care settings such as hospitals and clinics, in long-term care facilities such as retirement homes, daycares, and in congregate settings, including group homes.
• The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower court decision that halted Pritzker’s mask mandates for schools, but the governor decided to lift the mandate anyway as of Monday, citing news CDC guidelines. Many districts recommend masks but do not require them.
• On Friday, the CDC also removed its mask requirement for people using vans and public and private school buses.