Illinois to lift school mask mandate on Monday, says Pritzker – NBC Chicago

Illinois will end its requirement for face masks in schools on Monday, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday after the Illinois Supreme Court rejected his appeal of a restraining order in a lawsuit challenging the mandate of the mask.

In a statement, Pritzker explained that Illinois will move forward to remove its school mask mandate after the Centers for Disease Control updated guidelines to recommend masks only in areas of high COVID-19 transmission. 19.

Last week, Illinois Governor and Attorney General Kwame Raoul said the state would ask the Illinois Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling making masks optional in schools. , noting that the decision did not “resolve important legal issues”.

On Feb. 4, a Sangamon County judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevented the state from enforcing rules that called for mask mandates and other COVID restrictions in schools.

While the state appealed the judge’s temporary restraining order, the rules expired on February 13.

Illinois will lift the indoor mask requirement, with some exceptions, by February 28, Pritzker announced earlier this month, but noted at the time that the relaxed mandate would not apply. not to schools.

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