If you are planning to head to the bar to grab a drink, or eat at a restaurant make sure to bring your mask. It is now a statewide requirement to wear a mask in all bars and restaurants for Illinois.

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Governor Pritzker announced a new statewide guideline today requiring all bar and restaurant customers to wear masks when coming into contact with an employee. According to KHQA, this new mandate was done in cooperation with the Illinois Restaurant Association and is designed to protect restaurant employees and bartenders.

“Going out for food and drinks should not be a reason or an excuse to let our guards down in the fight against COVID-19,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of IDPH. “IDPH and DCEO are updating current guidance to make it clear that face coverings should be worn in any situation where we are interacting with those outside of our immediate circles. We will continue to adapt our guidelines and institute additional precautions to help protect all residents that make up our communities.”

This new guideline applies to both indoor and outdoor seating, and will be in effect starting tomorrow August 26th.