Apr 21, 2022 - COVID

Where to mask up in Chicago and Illinois

Illustration of a face mask lined at the top and bottom with caution tape.

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

If recent mask rulings have left you confused, you're not alone — policies on mask-wearing are literally changing by the hour.

Masks are no longer required in:

✈️ O'Hare, Midway, and on major airlines.

🚍 CTA buses and trains, plus Metra and South Shore lines.

🚘 Rideshares like Uber and Lyft.

Masks are still required in:

🏥 Health care settings.

ğŸŽ­ Many theater venues.

ğŸŽ¸ A few music venues.

Of note: Any private business has the right to enforce its own mask rules regardless of federal and state mandates, so be cool.

💭 Monica's thought bubble: I keep a mask in my pocket to wear wherever the staff wears them out of respect for workers dealing with the public all day.

💭 Justin's thought bubble: I'm going to continue to wear my mask on airplanes, trains, and buses. Not just for COVID, but because the mask helps block some of the smells.

What's next: The Justice Department is appealing the federal court ruling that struck down its mask mandate for travelers earlier this week.

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