Rockford, Illinois News

Pritzker tightens statewide mask requirements at restaurants and bars

ROCKFORD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker, on Tuesday, announced that the state COVID-19 mask mandate will be tightened as infections continue to rise across the state.

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26, masks must be worn in indoor and outdoor bar and restaurant settings throughout the state. Face coverings are also required when patrons are interacting with waitstaff, including when ordering food and staff approaches their tables.

“Illinois residents continue to take important steps to protect the safety of our loved ones and neighbors. However, due to a recent uptick in cases, we must take additional precautionary steps when we are out in public,” said Pritzker said. “Based on conversations and input from industry and business leaders, the State of Illinois is implementing updated guidelines which will allow restaurants and bars across the state to stay open while helping protect the health and safety of patrons and staff.”

The new requirement also applies to entertainment venues and museums.

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