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Covid-19 Pandemic Messaging
February 28, 2022 - Face covering requirement lifted.
With statewide COVID-19 hospitalization rates declining faster than any other point in the pandemic, Illinois is on track to lift the statewide indoor mask requirement on Monday, February 28, 2022. Mask requirements will continue where federally mandated, such as on public transit and in high-risk settings including healthcare facilities and congregate care. Masking requirements will also continue to apply in all daycare settings. The state intends to continue masking requirements in P-12 schools subject to pending litigation which impacts a number of schools. As the CDC reaffirmed just today, masks remain a critical tool to keep schools safe and open.
August 26, 2021 - Face covering requirements for individuals. Beginning on Monday, August 30, 2021, all individuals in Illinois who are age two or over and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in an indoor public place. Illinoisans should also consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities that involve close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
The following are recommended prevention strategies that recognize that while the state of Illinois has made substantial progress in vaccinating its residents, a number of individuals remain ineligible or have not yet chosen to be vaccinated. Consistent use of prevention strategies will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect people who are not fully vaccinated, including customers, employees, and their families. As always, businesses and local municipalities may choose to implement additional prevention strategies as they deem appropriate.
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and widely available across Illinois. Everyone aged 12 years and older should be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible to keep from getting and/or spreading COVID-19.
- Individuals in schools, day care settings, and educational institutions should continue to follow separate guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and Illinois Department of Public Health.
- All businesses and venues should support social distancing to the extent possible, especially in indoor settings. Businesses and venues should apply best practices in managing distancing at such places as concessions/counters, public restrooms, and lines/queuing.
- This guidance will be updated as the CDC releases new recommendations and is meant to supplement any federal or local guidance, safety laws, rules, regulations or business safety policies that may expressly require a face covering and/or social distancing.
- Continue to consult the CDC and IDPH websites for updated resources, guidelines, and rules related to COVID-19 safety.
For more information on Vaccine Requirements for Healthcare workers, Pre-K through 12 School personnel, Higher Education Personnel, State Owned or Operated Congregate Facilities and additional Vaccine Requirements, please refer to the August 26, 2021 Executive Order
As of Late September 2021, many Chamber Members and guests have received their Covid-19 Vaccines, in full or partial. Some Members and guests have not received their vaccines or have chosen not to. The McHenry County Department of Health website currently notes that just over 55% of the population in McHenry County are fully vaccinated.
For the safety of our Chamber Members and guests, we ask that all attendees and participants of Chamber Events and Programs continue to follow the CDC guidelines which still encourages the wearing of face masks and social distancing when in public, indoors or outdoors.
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Face Covering Guidelines Listings of Local Restaurants