Pritzker praises vax proof warrants, but warns they are not suitable for all areas – NBC Chicago

As the city of Chicago and most suburbs in Cook County implement a requirement that customers of specific indoor facilities provide proof of vaccination, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has welcomed the measures, but has cautioned that they may not be suitable for restaurants in the state. .

At a press conference on Monday, Pritzker praised leaders for making “the tough calls” in implementing the measures, saying these were the type of strategies that could curb a rapid rise in cases of COVID and hospitalizations.

“I think the city and the county are doing the right thing for the people of the city and the county,†he said. “Anyone who’s ready to step in and make tough decisions… at the city and county level, I applaud. “

Chicago and Cook County both put the new measures into effect on Monday. Mitigation measures require customers to provide proof that they are vaccinated against COVID at restaurants, bars and other facilities that serve food and beverages for consumption on-site.

As to whether or not the state of Illinois intends to establish similar measures, Pritzker said officials plan to take things on a case-by-case basis, rather than immediately implementing new measures. attenuation.

“I encourage local leaders to do what is right in their communities,†he said. “Each community is a little different. As you know, some counties have very few restaurants. These restaurants are not very crowded so it is difficult for them to have the exact same type of attenuation as the city of Chicago.

Several communities in Cook County have their own health departments, but have chosen to adopt similar rules, including Evanston, Oak Park and Skokie. Rules in these areas will take effect on January 10, rather than Monday.

Yet other communities opposed the new rules, with Orland Park and Burr Ridge officials saying they would not demand the measure be enforced.

In Chicago, the rules apply to indoor dining establishments, with businesses required to verify the immunization status of all customers 5 years of age and older. Individuals do not need to show proof of vaccination for pickup orders or if they dine out, as per the rules.

Employees of these companies will either need to show proof of vaccination or undergo weekly COVID tests.

The mandate is similar in Cook County, with anyone 5 years of age and older having to show proof of vaccination at places where customers can order food and drink.

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