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Face mask mandate goes into effect in Illinois today

Bourbonnais — Whenever you’re out in public starting today, you’re required to wear a face mask when going to work, the grocery store, pharmacy, and other public gathering places. 

The mandate attached to Governor Pritzker’s revised May 1st stay-at-home order anyone age 2 and up to wear a mask when in public.  Of course, you’re free to go without one when mowing your grass, running, walking or just being outside on your own property. 

“It can be a t-shirt made into a face covering,” Governor Pritzker said. “It doesn’t have to be a surgical mask or other kind of mask, but something that covers your nose and mouth.”

Here in Kankakee County, local agencies are preparing to implement changes, including River Valley Metro which starting today will begin refusing service to passengers not wearing a face covering.


Today and Monday, the Kankakee County Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster will be distributing masks for Kankakee County’s seniors at locations across the County.  For a full list of locations, click here.

Menards in Bradley began requiring shoppers wear face masks in stores this week in advance of the order, selling them for a dollar a piece at their service desk.  No word if other retailers will adopt such policies in the coming days in an effort to help further push convenient availability of the masks for shoppers.

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