CHICAGO — Illinois announced Tuesday that officials are dropping the mask mandate for airports and public transportation to align with Monday’s federal court ruling.
After the federal judge’s ruling on Monday, Pritzker’s executive order for Illinois remained intact — causing confusion on where residents should keep their masks on.
“I’m proud of the work our state has done to fight COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable,” Gov. JB Pritzker said. “I continue to urge Illinoisans to follow CDC guidelines and, most importantly, get vaccinated to protect yourself and others.”
Local municipalities retain the right to establish their own mitigations, including masking requirements on public transportation, the governor’s office said.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday tweeted that masks would no longer be required on the CTA or at O’Hare and Midway airports. The mayor said anyone who wishes to continue wearing masks can do so.
The same applies to Pace and Metra. Both tweeted Tuesday and said masks are no longer required. Both companies have asked passengers to be kind toward each other regarding mask usage.
Passengers at O’Hare WGN News spoke with Tuesday evening had mixed feelings. They said their flights were filled with travelers making different decisions on masking.
“More people not wearing them versus wearing them,” Gisel Rodriguez said.
Earlier Tuesday, Uber and Lyft announced that riders will no longer be required to wear masks.
Nearly 73% of eligible Illinoisans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and over 81% have had at least one dose of the vaccine, according to IDPH.