Illinois coronavirus mask requirement: Here's what you need to know

Face masks will be mandatory at some outdoor public spaces and all indoor public spaces starting May 1.

Sam Masterson
April 24, 2020 - 3:09 pm

(KFTK) - Face masks will be required at all indoor public spaces and any outdoor public place in Illinois where you can't maintain a six-foot social distance, starting on May 1. Here's what you need to know to be ready. 

Related: IL State Rep will sue the governor for extended stay-at-home

New stay-at-home order 

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a modified stay-at-home order that will take effect on May 1. It will last until at least May 31. 

The new order includes a phased re-opening of some state parks. Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries will re-open as essential businesses and golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines. More details about the order can be found here.

When will you have to wear a face mask

Individuals will be required to wear a mask when they're in any public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings will also be required in public indoor spaces, such as grocery and retail stores.

This applies to anyone who is over 2-years-old and those who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.

How will it be enforced?

Gov. Pritzker said after announcing the new stay-at-home orders that police officers should "remind" people to be wearing a face mask if they are not doing so. 

"We're not encouraging police officers to stop people and arrest them or take drastic action," Pritzker says.

He also said businesses should require people to be wearing a mask before entering the building.

How to wear a mask

CDC guidelines say cloth masks should: 

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

How to make your own mask

The U.S. Surgeon General tweeted a how-to video showing how people could easily make a mask at home: