ILLINOIS (WFIE) - Gov. JB Pritzker joined medical experts on Sunday afternoon to discuss the state’s COVID-19 response.
The Governor announced newly-proposed guidelines for the state to enforce a mandate requiring face coverings in Illinois.
The new rules by the Illinois Department of Public Health give local health departments and law enforcement agencies “more leeway” in enforcing the mask mandate and social gathering restrictions.
Businesses, schools and child care facilities are allowed several warnings before any penalty is issued, which Gov. Pritzker says is a common-sense approach to enforcement.
“This new rule prioritizes education and support for businesses over shame and punishment,” Gov. Pritzker said. “It stands in vast contrast with the arcane rules available to us now, written long ago and not with this pandemic in mind, which are hard and fast enforcement rules that can cripple businesses and destroy livelihoods.”
Under the rules, businesses, schools and child care facilities may face fines of up to $2,500 for refusing to comply.
IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced 1,382 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19.
She also confirmed that eight additional residents have died from coronavirus-related symptoms, bringing the statewide death total to 7,636 people.
You can watch Gov. Pritzker’s full Sunday press briefing in the video below:
Here are the current COVID-19 numbers in our part of Illinois:
- White Co. - 68 cases
- Wayne Co. - 61 cases, 1 death
- Wabash Co. - 35 cases
- Edwards Co. - 18 cases