Masks no longer required in Chicago for those fully vaccinated


CHICAGO — The City of Chicago is no longer requiring fully vaccinated people to wear masks, health officials announced Tuesday.

In a news conference, Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr Allison Arwady said the city would be in alignment with Gov. JB Pritzker’s mask guidelines for all of Illinois.

“Following guidance from the CDC and the state, and recognizing how safe and effective this COVID vaccine is, the city of Chicago will no longer require masks for fully vaccinated people in most settings,” Arwady said.

Currently, Illinois residents who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks anymore, in most situations.

Those not full vaccinated must still continue to wear masks.

Everyone must wear masks in certain settings like schools and health care facilities.

Additionally, social distancing and capacity requirements that are in place in the Bridge Phase are still in effect.

“We continue to strongly advise, though not require, masking policies for all indoor settings in Chicago until COVID capacity restrictions are lifted and we are in Phase 5,” Arwady said.

The Chicago Department of Public Health says the city would broadly align with the CDC and state’s updated mask guidance for fully vaccinated people, agreeing that they are safe in most settings.

Both Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. JB Pritzker say the ultimate goal is to encourage more people to get vaccinated.

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