In alignment with CDC and LCHD guidance, masks will now be required in City-operated buildings regardless of vaccination status. City buildings, such as City Hall, Police, and the Public Services building, remain open for public foot traffic Tuesday-Friday. In the interest of health and safety, in-person public meetings continue to be accessible via Zoom and individuals attending virtually are able to participate fully in meetings. All persons attending public meetings in person must wear a mask.
Businesses are urged to align their practices with LCHD and CDC guidance and to encourage employees and customers to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
Face Covering Requirements
According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a face mask or physically distance in most settings, as a general rule. Unvaccinated individuals over the age of two should wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. For unvaccinated people, this face covering requirement applies both indoors and outdoors.
CDC guidance indicates that face coverings should be worn by all individuals, including fully vaccinated people, when on planes, buses, trains, or other forms of public transportation; when in public transportation hubs, such as airports or train stations; in congregate facilities, such as correctional facilities and homeless shelters; in healthcare settings.
Individuals are considered "fully vaccinated" two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen single-dose vaccine.
If I'm fully vaccinated, when do I need to wear a face covering?
According to the CDC and the State of Illinois, fully vaccinated individuals are required to wear a face covering:
- On planes, buses, trains, or other forms of public transportation
- When in transportation hubs (airports, train stations, bus depots, etc.)
- In congregate facilities (correctional facilities, homeless shelters, etc.)
- In healthcare settings.
- When required by local businesses or workplaces
Every business or workplace has its own unique conditions, and CDC guidance allows business owners and employers to implement masking requirements if they choose. Customers are encouraged to be respectful of these requirements and of fellow patrons who continue to wear masks.
My child is fully vaccinated; do they still need to wear a face covering in school?
Please continue to follow the masking guidance implemented by your child's school. According to the State of Illinois, 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 the Illinois Department of Public Health.
As a business owner, are there any State masking requirements for employees who are not vaccinated?
Yes. To protect unvaccinated employees, customers, vendors, or other guests, business owners should:
- ensure that employees who are not fully vaccinated practice social distancing and wear face coverings when social distancing is not always possible;
- ensure that all spaces where employees may gather, including locker rooms and lunchrooms, allow for social distancing; and
- ensure that all visitors (customers, vendors, etc.) to the workplace who are not fully vaccinated can practice social distancing; but if maintaining a six-foot social distance will not be possible at all times, encourage those visitors to wear face coverings; and
- continue to take all necessary steps to protect employees and customers by ensuring that any return to work plans adhere to all applicable public health guidance.
Face Covering Safety
Per the CDC, cloth face coverings should not be worn by:
- young children younger than 2 years of age
- individuals who have trouble breathing, or are unconscious or incapacitated
- individuals who cannot remove the cover without assistance.
Face Covering/Mask Donation
Donations of fabric masks for residents of the City's senior living facilities would be welcome. Completed face coverings may be donated in the City's Payment Drop Box, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in the Hazel Street Parking Lot adjacent to City Hall, or left at the front entrance of City Hall during normal business hours.
If you would like to donate medical-grade masks for the City's first responders, please click here for more information.
Faith in Action
Faith in Action is providing a variety of services to elderly, chronically ill, and disabled adults at this time, including face covering delivery. Contact Faith in Action for more information.
Face Coverings Available for Purchase from Local Businesses
Face coverings may be purchased from several local businesses. Please contact the businesses directly for pricing and details on how to order.
This list is subject to change and will be updated as information becomes available.
Craftwood Lumber & Hardware
Divine Nail Studio
Glamour Girlz Central
Jade & Renee
Lori’s Designer Shoes
Menoni & Mocogni
North Shore Salt Therapy Center
Over The Top