#WhatsNewWednesday – Chicago Re-instates Indoor Mask Mandate

Howdy! It’s #WhatsNewWednesday and today we bring you the news that Chicago has reinstated their indoor mask mandate – which had been lifted in May – as of August 20th.

According to Chicago’s Department of Public Health:

“All individuals aged two and over, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask as of Friday, August 20, while indoors in public settings.

Masks are required in all indoor public settings, including bars and restaurants, gyms, common areas of condos and multi-residential buildings, and private clubs. Similar to previous mask mandates, masks can be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating and drinking. Masks can also be removed for certain activities that require their removal, such as beard shaves or facials. Additionally, masks can be removed by employees in settings that are not open to the public, if employees are static and maintaining at least six feet from all other individuals (office cubicles, for example).

Masks also remain mandatory on public transportation, in healthcare settings, schools, and correctional and congregate settings. The new public health order does not include capacity limits at public places, and masking remains optional in outdoor settings, where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower. Masks are recommended for unvaccinated individuals in crowded outdoor settings.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip to Chicago with Book Here, Give Here, please reach out to your Travel Gurus.

Namaste!

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