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Posted on: August 25, 2020

State Updates Mask Requirements for Indoor & Outdoor Dining


Starting Wednesday, Aug. 26, new state requirements for wearing a mask/face covering in restaurants and bars will change to increase safety for restaurant workers and patrons. 

Currently, you are required to wear a mask on the premises of a restaurant/bar except when you are eating or drinking. These new changes will also require you to wear a face covering over your mouth and nose during any interaction with wait staff or other employees at restaurants and bars. 

Examples of when you will need to wear a mask include when a server/restaurant employee:

  • Takes your order
  • Delivers food or beverages
  • Clears your table, or 
  • Collects payment or provides any other service at your table.

The new requirements apply to both indoor and outdoor restaurants/bars and other facilities with food service areas, such as indoor recreational facilities and entertainment venues. Please help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our entire community safe – including those who work in restaurants – by remembering to mask up in accordance with these state requirements. 

More information is available from the State of Illinois on the Restore Illinois Plan.

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