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COVID Lightfoot not saying if Chicago will lift mandates Feb. 28
2022-02-15

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On Feb. 14, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declined to say if the city will lift its mask mandate along with the state or lift the COVID vaccine mandate for patrons of restaurants, fitness centers and bars on Feb. 28, WTTW reported.

Chicago is "making great progress" after the surge of COVID-19 fueled by the omicron variant pushed confirmed cases of the virus and hospitalizations to record highs, Lightfoot said.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday he would lift the state's mask mandate on Feb. 28 as the cases of COVID-19 are no longer overwhelming hospitals across the state. Masks will continue to be required in schools and congregate settings, including long-term care facilities, where people are forced to have close contact, Pritzker said.

Federal rules remain in place that require masks in hospitals and on public transportation.

Despite the Feb. 28 goal, Pritzker said he would change course if hospitalizations begin to rise.


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