State of Illinois and City of Chicago Mask Mandates May Be Lifted Soon – What Community Associations Need to Know? | Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC
On Wednesday, February 9, 2022, Governor Pritzker announced to the media that he plans to lift the statewide indoor mask mandate for locations other than schools, hospitals, and public transit on February 28. due to declining statewide COVID-19 measures. Media are further reporting that the City of Chicago and most Cook County suburbs are expected to follow suit and lift their indoor mask mandates around the same time.
Orders officially lifting state and city of Chicago indoor mask mandates have not yet been issued. Therefore, the details of these orders are not yet known. At this time, the State and City of Chicago mask mandates remain in effect (click here for our article on current City of Chicago and Cook County mask mandates). LP will continue to update customers as state or city orders are issued.
However, even if the state and city of Chicago indoor mask mandates are lifted, community association boards still have the authority to continue to require masks in indoor common areas and amenities, s they choose to do. Councils may also impose other restrictions such as (re)enforcing health and safety protocols to protect the health and safety of residents. To the extent a community association chooses to mirror state and city orders lifting indoor mask requirements, councils should continue to monitor COVID-19 trends for changes based on increases. transmissions of COVID-19. Regardless of the position a board chooses, ongoing communication with unit owners about COVID-19 policies continues to be recommended.