Illinois returns to a new mask mandate and other restrictions TOMORROW due to the spread of the delta variant of covid-19 across the state, Gov. JB Pritzker announced this week.

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Everyone is required to wear a mask indoors in public settings — everywhere from businesses to government buildings to other venues — and to social distance at outdoor events. The mask mandate applies to anyone over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status, echoing the same mask mandate brought back to Chicago two weeks ago, and to Cook County surrounding Chicagoland last week.

All educational system and healthcare system employees will be mandated to get the covid-19 vaccination or submit to regular testing for covid. All higher education employees and students will also be mandated to get the covid-19 vaccine.

In early August, Pritzker announced Illinois students preschool through 12 would be required to wear masks during school and indoor sports and activities, as reported on That requirement for kids to wear masks in all schools remains in effect.

More mitigations could be on the way if numbers do not improve, Pritzker said.

“To be clear, what I am announcing today is a floor, a minimum,” Pritzker said.

Illinois Mask Mandate And New Restrictions Begin TOMORROW, How Does It Impact You?

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announces new covid mitigations last week.

How long will the mitigations continue?

“Until we alleviate the pressure on hospitals we’re going to have to continue the mitigations we have in place,” Pritzker said. “We need to make sure ICU beds and the healthcare system is available not just for people with covid but for other issues which might take them to the hospital.”

How long will masks be required in schools?

“We have to be able to see the curve bend as it did before, before we end those requirements, and we’re nowhere close to that right now,” Pritzker said. “That goes for other mitigations as well.”

When could further mitigations be put in place? Pritzker didn’t give a timeline, but did say the door was open to them.

“We all know when these numbers get to a place where it’s out of control, you have to take further steps,” he said.

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