Illinois enters final Phase of COVID restrictions

In accordance with guidance from the CDC, fully vaccinated people in Illinois can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.  

Consistent with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated persons are required to wear a face covering in certain situations including:

  • On public transportation, planes, buses, trains, and in transportation hubs such as airports and train and bus stations;
  • In congregate facilities such as correctional facilities and homeless shelters; and
  • In health care settings.  Individuals in schools and day cares must also continue to wear face coverings per guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of EducationIllinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

According to the CDC, it is critical that schools use and layer prevention strategies.  Schools providing in-person instruction should prioritize two prevention strategies:

  1. Universal and correct use of masks should be required; and
  2. Physical distancing should be maximized to the greatest extent possible.

Municipalities and businesses in most industries may choose to continue to implement public health mitigations as they deem appropriate, including requiring face coverings. 

Learn more about Phase 5 recommended public health practices by visiting IDPH’s website.