ALICE YIN Chicago Tribune
At least 30 citations have been issued to businesses in Chicago for flouting the indoor mask mandate, the city said.
Most recently, the city’s Department of Commercial Affairs and Consumer Protection issued 10 citations for failing to meet masking requirements from Thursday through Sunday, according to a Tuesday press release. One company received a warning and, in total, BACP conducted 110 investigations during this period.
Chicago has required anyone 2 years of age or older to wear masks indoors since August 20, shortly after COVID-19 cases entered the highest risk category of over 400 per day . This surge was caused by the more contagious delta variant.
By deploying the indoor mask mandate, the BACP had said it would aim to educate first before punishing, but the “blatant” violations could lead to a citation.
On the first weekend of the mask’s tenure, eight companies received warnings for breaking the rules, while on the second weekend, five companies were named.
From August 20 to 29, a total of 20 citations were issued and 16 warnings were given. Among the businesses that ignored the mask’s mandate were nightclubs, grocery stores, restaurants and more.
Public Health Commissioner Dr Allison Arwady said the mask’s warrant would be lifted after cases fell below 400 per day for at least a week, but more restrictions could come if the pandemic progresses in the other way around for Chicago.
The city’s COVID-19 dashboard on Tuesday marked the first time the average number of new cases has fallen below 400 since August 7, but some health officials fear that weekend trips from Labor Day did contribute to another increase.
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