It looks like the Chicagoans were due to enter the city on Friday to restore the inner mask order, and Cook County residents will have a similar condition from Monday.
Regional health officials said all people should wear a mask in indoor multi-unit residential buildings and public places such as restaurants, cinemas, retail outlets, fitness clubs and public transportation. Companies have been ordered to put up signs.
“We have no choice but to order people to wear masks to help maintain this spread of the virus,” said Dr. Rachel Rubin, director general of the Cook County Department of Public Health and chief physician.
City and regional mandates apply to anyone 2 years of age or older, regardless of the state of vaccination, after the Delta variant increased and two months of relative face freedom were granted after the removal of most COVID-19 restrictions locally.
“It’s a small thing to avoid a big deal,” said Don Brogdon, 61, who was walking out of a grocery store on Friday in Roscoe Village.
When Mary Rhodes, 78, spoke through a mask adorned with playful Australian Shepherds, she said that bringing the mandate back was “out of her mind”.
“The mayor is doing the right thing, and I hope businesses can enforce that,” said Rhodes, a retired North Center fundraiser who had his son, a Chicago therapist, recently had an advanced COVID-19 case.
“And it’s a good thing for children,” Rhodes said, noting that he was old enough to remember the disease of polio and noticing how some children should be put “in the iron lungs”.
He said people who refuse to wear masks are “liberated” because they feel they are oppressing their personal freedom.
“You can’t shout fire in a crowded theater, and those who think their rights are being violated need to read a little more,” he said.
Alaina Davis, 40, a data administrator at a large hospital system, said she hates masks but appreciates the need to wear them.
“I am disgusted. I have to take a shot and get completely vaccinated and go through the side effects and still wear a mask, it’s hell, it’s really hell and it’s disappointing, ”said Davis, who lives in Maywood and was leaving a hair salon in Humboldt Park. after doing.
“But I think of children and the elderly when it comes to wearing a mask,” she said. “You don’t want to see anyone in a fan fighting for their life.”
Eduardo Arocho, 50, who walks in Humboldt Park, believes the mask order should never be removed.
He expressed himself as proof that they work. “I’m not dead … so far so good,” Arocho said.
Edwin Torres, 34, and Emily Guerrero, his 30-year-old wife, disagree on the masks, but they will both wear them.
“I think it’s a good thing because you don’t know who the vaccine is and who it isn’t, so it would be best for us to return the mask to the mandate until it’s under control,” said Torres, the general contractor. Humboldt Park, he said, was walking his dogs.
For Guerrero, however, toothpaste has already come out of the bottle.
“It’s late, the city opened up and we did too much to return the mask to the mandate. I think it’s useless; everything that’s going to happen has already happened,” he said, referring to the infectious spread.
Madelyn Amos, 23, applauded the mask’s mandate.
“I’ve had COVID, and it was tremendous. So if I could protect someone from not having that experience I would do what I need to do, I also have three friends who have had progress cases,” he said.
Peter Hong, 51, a pastor in Logan Square who was working as part of a Planet Fitness in Logan Square to lift weights, said he was “100% in favor” of the mandate.
“I think it’s important for us to look for the collective need we have as a common good or as a society,” he said.
Cornell Shepard, who works as a security guard at convention centers and lives in Bronzeville, doesn’t think it’s as dangerous as COVID-19 portrayed and doesn’t believe in masks, but she will wear it anyway.
“I think it’s just pure cold,” Shepard said, without getting vaccinated, as the car was filling up at the gas station on 47th Street and Michigan Avenue.
“Young people, we don’t need them. But I have no problem wearing the mask, I will fill it. But he sucks, man, he sucks. ‘