If you’re planning to shop in Skokie, you’ll need to wear a mask under a new ruling issued by Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen.

The order, which took effect this evening says, “All individuals living, working or visiting in Skokie will be required to use a face cover over their nose and mouth while working at or patronizing a business open to the public, in situations that bring them in close proximity to others and when using public transportation or rideshares.”

The order specifies that it “includes but is not limited to grocerty stores, restaurants, hardware and building supply stores, financial institutions, laundry services, pharmacies, group homes and assisted living, and includes any curbside or home-deliver staff.

Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows that as of today Skokie has a substantially higher novel coronavirus infection rate than Evanston or Wilmette, though its rate is lower than in the Chicago neighborhood of West Ridge.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has encouraged residents to wear face masks when they go out, but so far has not expanded his stay-at-home order to require the masks.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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