"Not Too Much to Mask" - Use of Face Masks Required

Use of Face Coverings Required in Public Places 

In the State of Illinois, face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals when in public places and when not able to maintain adequate social distancing, except for children under age two and when with members of the same household. Face coverings are required in public indoor spaces. This measure is being taken to help limit further spread of COVID-19 in Illinois. 
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In addition to practicing social distancing, cloth face coverings help slow the spread of COVID-19 and help those who may unknowingly have the virus from transmitting it to others. The most effective measures for preventing further spread of COVID-19, however, remain staying at home when sick, maintaining physical separation between other people while out in public (at least six feet) and frequently washing hands with either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.

Individuals should wear a mask or face covering when they must leave their home, and they either cannot or it is impractical to maintain six feet of physical distance between themselves and others: 

Cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
For the most updated information on cloth face coverings, please visit the CDC's website.