People may not want to toss those face masks.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told The New York Times she will consider reinstating a mask mandate and other restrictions if the city starts to consistently record more than 200 new COVID cases per day, The Chicago Tribune reported.
Asked what her threshold is for reinstating a mandate, Lightfoot said, "Well, look, if we get back into an area where we feel like we're in a red zone, which we are working very hard to make sure that our daily case rate is below 200, if we start to see consistently going over that, we're not only going to look at a mask mandate, but we're going to look back at other tools that we've been compelled to use."
As of July 27, Chicago's seven-day rolling average of new cases was 165, according to the city's COVID-19 dashboard. That's well below the April peak of more than 700 average new daily casesbut does represent about a 76% increase over the previous week.
The dashboard also revealed that 51.8% of Chicagoans have had a completed series of COVID-19 vaccinations, and that 57.9% of residents have had at least one dose.