Illinois Gov. Pritzker issues school mask mandate effective immediately

Some state employees also required to get vaccinated, Pritzker mandates
Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 2:21 PM CDT
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(KWQC) - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday issued a mask mandate for all Pre-K-12 schools and daycare centers, regardless of vaccination status, in an effort to curb the “fast-moving” Delta variant.

The mask mandate also applies to long-term care facilities, the governor said during a press conference.

“My goal has always been to safely bring all kids back into the classroom at the start of the school year and, crucially, to keep them there,” Pritzker said during a press conference. “Without these measures, we would likely see many more outbreaks than in the latter half of the last school year. Preventing outbreaks from the start also prevents kids from having to stay home because they’re sick or in quarantine.”

The mandate also applies to P-12 sports, sand said masks will be required for all indoor recreation.

“We will continue to encourage school districts to make sure their athletes are tested regularly to catch any potential outbreaks and to ensure that they have what they need to adhere to the new mask requirement. My administration is ready to supply masks to any school district s that need them.”

Pritzker said the state will continue to watch for a significant reduction in transmission, the availability and utilization of vaccines for children under 12, and additional guidance from the CDC.

The mask mandate also applies to all long-term care facilities, the governor said during a press conference.

The governor also issued a vaccine mandate for employees in the state’s “congregate” facilities, such as prisons and veterans homes.

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