Starting Thursday morning Evanston residents will be required to wear cloth face coverings when they work in or patronize local businesses.
The order was issued this evening by Health and Human Services Director Ike Ogbo and brings Evanston into line with several nearby communities, including Glenview, Highland Park, Skokie and Wilmette that have recently issued such orders.
In a news release, Mayor Steve Hagerty said city officials had been reluctant to issue a mask order, given that neither the federal Centers for Disease Control nor the state has established such a recommendation.
Hagerty says anyone violating the face covering order may be fined and that a business may refuse admission or service to anybody who doesn’t wear one.
Hagerty says he realizes that adopting the order won’t necessarily mean everyone will comply, but that abiding by the order will reduce the spread of the highly contagious virus — saving more lives and leading to a quicker recovery for the economy.
He says that the order does not require people who are engaging in outdoor physical activities like walking, running or biking to wear a mask.
And he notes that “any type of cloth that covers your nose and mouth” will comply with the order and that the CDC and the state health department recommend reserving medical grade masks and N-95 respirators for health care workers and emergency responders.
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