BRIEF: Illinois returns to indoor mask mandate, new mandates regarding vaccinations

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced beginning Monday, August 30, Illinois will return to mandated masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike also announced that individuals that are in high-risk settings are now required to receive the vaccine.

All health care employees, pre-K-12 teachers, staff and students and higher education personnel and students are required to get the vaccination. Any student or employee who is medically unable to receive the vaccine or is unwilling to receive it is required to be tested for COVID-19 once a week at the minimum.

“Health care, school workers and higher education personnel and students attending in-person classes who do not provide proof of vaccination will be prevented from entering health care and educational facilities unless they follow the required testing protocol,” According to Illinois’s E-News release.

The announcements come as Illinois has seen a resurgence of COVID-19 in regions that have a low vaccination rate, resulting in an increase in hospitalizations.



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