Mary Hansen reports:
Beginning Wednesday, restaurant and bar patrons must wear a mask when interacting with servers and bartenders in an effort to stem the recent spread of COVID-19.
Illinois has had a mask mandate since May 1. The new rule specifically states that customers must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth while food is brought to the table, when ordering, and when picking up take-out orders.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker, announcing it Tuesday, said his administration worked with the Illinois Restaurant Association to develop it.
“This stuff can linger in the air and the more people you have in a room,” he said at a news conference. “Particularly if you’re eating and drinking where you’re adding to the amount of saliva in their mouth, you’re adding to the viral load in an area so that’s why we’re putting these other mitigations in place.”
Read the details of the new rules here.