CHICAGO – Governor J.B. Pritzker announced this morning that the Illinois Department of Public Health is set to file emergency rules for businesses, schools and child care establishments regarding the use of face coverings as well as social gathering limits.
According to a release from the Governor’s Office, the emergency rules are designed to give local health departments and local law enforcement more leeway to support community public health in a productive manner. The rules introduced by the Governor give officials the ability to enforce the wearing of face coverings and social gathering sizes.
First, a business will be given a written warning and encouraged to voluntarily comply with guidance from the IDPH. If this doesn’t happen, on a second visit, businesses will be ordered to have some or all of their patrons leave the premises as necessary to comply with public health guidance and reduce the risk of an outbreak.
Upon a third violation, the business can receive a class A misdemeanor charge and be subject to a fine ranging from 75 to 2500 dollars.
The rules are for public establishments and will not apply to individuals.