New Mask Mandate Includes Restaurant Worker Interactions

New Mask Mandate Includes Restaurant Worker Interactions

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Tuesday expanded its rules requiring masks while dining indoors, with customers now having to wear face coverings during every interaction with servers or other restaurant workers.

The new mask mandate includes wearing a mask while servers are taking orders or bringing a bill. The requirements go into effect Wednesday, the same day indoor dining will be barred in two counties because of a high COVID-19 rate.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday announced 1,680 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 additional deaths. In Chicago, city officials looking ahead to winter launched a challenge to propose outdoor dining solutions for when temperatures drop.

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