Face coverings now required during interaction with wait staff in Illinois restaurants and bars


SPRINGFIELFD, Ill. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued new guidelines for bars and restaurants today to help slow the spread of COVID-19 cases.

Starting on August 26, guests at bars and restaurants will have to wear a mask while interacting with wait staff, food service workers, and other employees at bars and restaurants.

Currently, guests are required to wear a mask on the premise, except while eating and drinking at a table or bar. Now, it will include while patrons are seated.

That will also include people picking up orders at restaurants and when food is being delivered to tables.

The guidelines will also apply to outdoor dining, indoor recreational facilities, museums, and entertainment venues.

Nine of the 11 Illinois health regions are under phase 4 Restore Illinois regulations. That means bars and restaurants can be open with capacity restrictions, parties of 10 or less, tables spaced -feet apart, and limited standing area.

Region 4 which includes the Metro East is operating under increased mitigations following a sharp increase in COVID-19 positivity rates.

Gov. Pritzker also announced Region 7, which include Will and Kanakee Counties in Northern Illinois, will also have additional mitigation measures in place because of an increase in COVID cases.

Full guidelines can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

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