CHICAGO (CBS) – On the second day of school since a judge issued an order ending the COVID-19 mask mandate in Illinois schools, confusion continues to reign for many people.
Just 24 hours ago, in the western suburb of Clarendon Hills, there were protests against the mask mandate. Clarendon Hills Community Consolidated School District 181 decided Monday night to make masks optional, and on Tuesday there were dissenting opinions — but no protest.
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It all comes to a head days after a lawsuit led to a Sangamon County judge ending the statewide school mask mandate with a temporary restraining order on Friday.
Gov. JB Pritzker didn’t give a specific date or metric that would lead him to lift the statewide indoor mask mandate, but he said what it would be based on.
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“I think you’ve heard me say over the last few days that hospitalizations have gone down, and they’re really down,” Gov. Pritzker said Tuesday. “That’s really the metric we’re watching.”
So when can we expect mask mandates to actually be lifted with a drop in hospitalizations? A health expert said it would likely be very soon.
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“It’s probably time to think about removing the general mask mandate in public places — the indoor mask mandate,” said Dr. Emily Landon of UChicago Medicine. “It may seem too early for some people and too late for others. And I want to help everyone try to come together.