CHICAGO (CBS)– The City of Chicago is now under a mask mandate.
Anyone over the age of two is required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.READ MORE: Chicago Police Officer Shot, Wounded In Calumet Heights; One Suspect Also Shot
The Chicago Department of Public Health making the announcement earlier this week, citing an increase in COVID cases in the city.
RETURN OF THE MASK: You’ll be seeing a lot more signs like these outside of restaurants and other public places in Chicago. The indoor mask mandate has been reinstated and starts today. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/NWpk6GvJka
— Meredith Barack (@MeredithBarack) August 20, 2021
Signs are serving as reminders outside of local businesses like Wildberry. Employees told CBS 2 the signs were up right when the restaurant opened this morning.
“Got a mask in hand, and I really don’t have any issues. It’s to protect the community so really no issues,” Diner Claude Royster told CBS 2.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Partly Cloudy And Breezy Overnight
CBS 2’s Meredith Barack also spoke to a mother and daughter from California who said they’re used to the mask mandate, and despite being vaccinated they want to play a role in keeping others healthy.
“I think it’s kind of our moral obligation to make sure that other people are safe so for us it’s not a big deal,” Amanda Turkie said.
Like the prior mask mandate, you will be allowed to remove it at bars and restaurants for eating and drinking.MORE NEWS: View Live Radar
DR. Allison Arwady says the city doesn’t expect any additional COVID-19 restrictions such as capacity limits or orders for bars, restaurants, gyms and other businesses to require indoor customers to show proof of vaccination.