Cook County Face Mask Mandate
The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) announced today that it will re-institute a face mask mandate for all indoor public settings as the average number of new daily cases in the region continues to rise. Starting on Monday, August 23, all individuals over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask while indoors in public settings
Similar to previous mask mandates, masks can be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating and drinking. Masks can also be removed for certain activities that require their removal, such as beard shaves or facials.
All businesses open to the public are required to post signage advising patrons and staff that masks are required to be worn. The signage must be displayed at all entrances and prominently posted in areas visible to patrons and staff.
Masks remain mandatory on public transportation, in healthcare settings, schools, and correctional and congregate settings. The new order does not include capacity limits at public places, and masking remains optional in outdoor settings, where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower. Masks are recommended for unvaccinated individuals in crowded outdoor settings.
|COVID-19 Case Information
This updated mask policy is in response to the continuing trend of increasing cases throughout Cook County and the State of Illinois. This week, all counties in the State of Illinois were classified as areas of “high transmission” per the CDC. The state has had 192.4 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days and Cook County’s had had 120.0 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days.
Locally, the transmission rate in Wilmette has consistently been higher than the county during this recent surge in cases. There have been 47 new cases in Wilmette over the last seven days, which equates to a transmission rate of 173.5 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.