Mar 8, 2022 - COVID

Mask mandate confusion in Chicago

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

State and local mask requirements were removed more than a week ago, but rules at specific businesses — and who's following them — still vary greatly.

Why it matters: The public — and even lawyers— still seems confused about where mask rules can be enforced.

  • These misunderstandings can create contentious and even dangerous situations for the immunocompromised and staffers who have to enforce regulations.

Details: Even with relaxed state rules, businesses can still choose to enforce their own stricter standards.

The latest: To help locals navigate place-specific policies, community organizer Cait Guerra has released a Google map of local businesses that are still enforcing masks.

  • "I wanted a list of places where I could feel a little more secure eating out or shopping," Guerra tells Axios. "I figured other immunocompromised people and families with young kids would appreciate a map as well."

Monica's experience: On Friday at the Auditorium Theatre, staffers checked vax cards and reminded patrons about mask requirements. Folks in front of me still ignored the rules.

  • On Thursday at the Old Town School of Folk Music, everyone seemed happy to follow the rules.

Justin's experience: On Saturday, I went to a boutique grocery store, a restaurant, and a Dairy Queen. I encountered about 50-75 people indoors and was the only one wearing a mask.

  • The Dairy Queen was the only business that had a sign on the door asking customers to wear masks, but the 10 people in line ignored it.

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