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Masks Now Required Indoors In Suburban Cook County

The city's indoor mask mandate began Friday; the same day, Cook County's health department announced it would mandate masks, too.

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CHICAGO — Masks are now required indoors in public places in all of Cook County.

The city of Chicago’s indoor mask mandate began Friday; the same day, the Cook County Department of Public Health announced it would mandate masks in the suburbs, too.

The county’s mask mandate went into effect Monday. Everyone 2 and older who can medically wear a mask must wear them in multi-unit residential buildings and other public places, including restaurants, movie theaters, shops, fitness clubs and on public transportation, according to a county health department news release.

“We are in a dangerous period, with the Delta variant surging, during which we must return to previous remediation measures,” Dr. Rachel Rubin, co-lead and senior medical officer of the health department, said in a news release. “We have no choice but to mandate that people wear masks indoors to help contain this spread of the virus.”

Businesses must post signs stating masks are required, according to the health department. Signs are available online.

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