Once mask mandates are lifted across Illinois and Chicago on Monday, face coverings will no longer be required in many places, but mask policies may remain in some places.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its masking guidelines on Friday to show that 70% of counties nationwide are at low or medium risk of COVID. In those areas, masks are no longer required, according to the agency.
Despite the CDC’s recommendations, local governments, including those in low-risk areas, like most of northern Illinois, have the ability to set their own rules. School districts may also decide to implement their own mask mandates.
Additionally, the new guidelines do not change the federal requirement to wear masks on public transit and indoors at airports, train stations, and bus stations.
The Chicago Transit Authority reminded travelers on Saturday that masks are still required on public buses and trains, as well as inside the station.
Illinois and Chicago are in their final weekend of mask mandates and other COVID-19 regulations before restrictions are largely lifted on Monday.
Here’s what you need to know before the requirements are removed.
Illinois also announced that the state will largely align with new CDC guidelines, as well as remove the school mask mandate starting Monday.