Could a mask mandate for everyone return?



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EAST PEORIA (WEEK) — With some major US counties and cities bringing back indoor mandates for vaccinated and unvaccinated people, could the same thing happen in Central Illinois?

In Illinois, masks in indoor public spaces are still required for the unvaccinated across the state. We asked IDPH what could trigger a return of the policy, but did not get an answer. There’s no mention of a return to mask wearing on the department’s website. However, one message we have heard, is that people should always be prepared.

“I would say from my own perspective, if you’re going into a heavily crowded area, you don’t know if somebody is not vaccinated. And so you should just bring your mask with you and keep safe,” said Governor Pritzker in June.

Pritzker’s remarks were similar to a message from the McLean County Health Department on Friday.

“We do recommend people keep a clean mask with them at all times, especially for the times when masking is still required, and also for times when they just choose to wear a mask because the circumstances mandate it,” said Marianne Manko.

Health officials emphasized that as long as people get vaccinated, there’s no need to worry about the return of a complete mask mandate.

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