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Face Coverings

On Thursday, May 13, the CDC announced new masking guidelines for both unvaccinated and vaccinated people. Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. On Monday, May 17, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order aligning all State of Illinois requirements with CDC guidance on this matter. The City intends to continue to align with the State’s regulations. 
 
As a reminder, individuals are fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after they receive the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine.
 
Every business or workplace has its own unique conditions, and CDC guidance allows business owners and employers to implement masking requirements if they choose. As the infographic below indicates, most of the activities that are safe for fully vaccinated individuals to resume without masks are not safe for unvaccinated individuals - even with a mask.
 
Because of this, business owners may choose to require masks in their stores or offices for the health and safety of their employees and clients. Customers are encouraged to be respectful of these requirements and of fellow patrons who continue to wear masks.
 
Learn more about the science behind this new guidance for vaccinated individuals in the CDC's updated science brief.

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