Government Regulations/Mask Mandates
Cook County Mask Mandate Begins August 23, 2021
Effective August 23, 2021, all businesses and individuals:
- Any individual aged two and older and able to medically tolerate a mask shall be required to wear a mask when indoors in a public place, regardless of vaccination status. • For the purposes of this Order, indoor public spaces include any common or shared space in: (1) a residential multi-unit building or (2) any non-residential building, including but not limited to retail stores, restaurants, bars/taverns, health and fitness clubs, museums, hotels, personal services, performance venues, movie theaters, commercial buildings, event venues, healthcare settings, congregate facilities, on public transportation and in transportation hubs.
- Mask refers to a complete and tight knit fabric or cloth, or medical mask that is appropriately sized for the individual’s face to snuggly cover the nasal openings and mouth without the necessity of being held in place by the individual’s hands.
- All businesses open to public must post signage, in a form and size approved by CCDPH, advising patrons and staff that masks are required to be worn on the premises. Such signage must be posted at all entrances to the premises as well as prominently posted in an area visible to patrons and staff within the establishment.
- Masks may be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating/drinking while stationary. Masks can also be removed for certain activities that require their removal, such as beard shaves or facials.
Phase 5: "Illinois Restored"
Phase 5 of the "Restore Illinois" plan begins on Friday, June 11, 2021. Capacity limits for most businesses are removed in Phase 5.
From the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response website:
"What This Phase Looks Like: Testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the state. Either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period. All sectors of the economy reopen with new health and hygiene practices permanently in place. Large gatherings of all sizes can resume. Public health experts focus on lessons learned and building out the public health infrastructure needed to meet and overcome future challenges. Heath care equity is made a priority to improve health outcomes and ensure vulnerable communities receive the quality care they deserve."
The series of stay-at-home orders, the phases of the "Restore Illinois," and the tiers of additional mitigation are complex and change frequently. The Village of Niles will share the most critical updates as they become available, but encourages the public to access official State resources for the most up-to-date details.
For complete information about Restore Illinois phases and the COVID-19 situation, please visit the State of Illinois Coronavirus web page at coronavirus.illinois.gov.