Illinois Governor Says You Must Wear Mask, Even When Outside

Masks… they’re not just for indoors anymore!

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said that residents are required, not encouraged, but required, to wear masks even when outside in public places, such as on the street and in parks.

Pritzker said:

“Even outside, if you’re outside and walking around and can’t maintain social distance – which by the way, on a typical busy street in the city of Chicago, you can’t maintain social distance without a mask, you just can’t. People walking by each other that you’re coming in close proximity to, someone who, by the way, is facing you and people in front of you who might be aspirating or they might be coughing or, you know, sneezing or whatever – those particles remain in the air. And if you don’t wear a mask, and if they’re not wearing a mask, then there is a much easier ability to transmit the virus.”

He has a point. Walking on a busy street, you can’t stay six feet from people. But what if you’re not on a busy street? What if someone else walks close to you? In Pritzker’s world, wear a mask no matter what. And since he’s the governor, he carries a big stick. He said the mask regulation applies in rural areas as well, and that businesses, schools, and other facilities face a $2,500 fine for non-compliance.

So far, there’s no fine for individuals not wearing masks, just public shaming, and reminders from authorities. But Pritzker would like to change that.

The governor said:

“People who refuse to wear a mask, people who are entering public premises where they know they’re supposed to wear a mask and who have been reminded, and who aren’t – those people certainly should be, you know, reminded again by police and ultimately, if they’re absolutely refusing in public, they’re putting other people at risk. So it’s worthy of considering fine at a local level.”

Pritzker clearly is worried about the health of his residents, but with people already aware of the pandemic, he might do well to turn his attention to another issue in his state. 46 people were shot in Chicago last weekend, part of the trend that has pushed homicides up by almost 140% over the last year.

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  1. GlennVA
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    Mandatory masks in Illinois. This ought to be some sort of joke. A State (and Chicago) that can’t put Antifa or BLM in its place is now going for mandatory masks. This ought to be good.

  2. FRED SMALLWOOD
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    WHAT WILL THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS SAY WHEN THE GOVERNOR SAYS THAT THEY HAVE TO TAKE THE MARK OF OF THE BEAST IN ORDER TO BUY ANYTHING. THIS GOVERNOR HAS OVERSTEPPED HIS AUTHORITY AND THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS SHOULD RISE UP AND RECALL HIM FOR HE IS EATEN UP WITH POWER TO CONTROL THE PEOPLE. HE CAN ONLY GET AWAY WITH THIS RIDICULOUS ORDER IF THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS ALLOW HIM TO DO SO.
    JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE LEFT ATTEMPTING TO TAKE OVER THE COUNTRY.

  3. John Strom
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    Simple, stay the Hell out of that state run by the Idiot Governor Pritzker and that other Idiot Mayor, Lori Lightbrain.

  4. Mistrbill
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    MASKS CAN BE “MANDATED” BUT IT IS NOT A LAW. GOVERNORS CAN NOT MANDATE A LAW. IT HAS TO PASS THE STATE CONGRESS TO BECOME A LAW AND THEN THE GOVERNOR HAS TO SIGN IT. CHECK WITH YOUR ATTORNEY!

  5. jim
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    AMAZING A GOVERNOR AND THE MAYOR ARE WORTHLESS,WORRY ABOUT THE MASKS BUT BURN AND LOOT ARE OK ,PERFECT MASKS FOR BOTH OF THESE WOULD BE BEND AT WAIST INSERT HEAD WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE

  6. Billy Wilson
    Reply

    Another Socialist/Democrat/communist has spoken , now is the time to remove this scab on society.

  7. Paul in NH
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    When are these little dictators going to grow a brain cell? If you are healthy and NOT IN A HIGH RISK GROUP, then masks are all but useless. The China virus stop when about 65% percent if the population is exposed with most of those being asymptotic. Then and ONLY THEN will this insanity end.
    EXCEPTIONS: Those who are in direct patient contact, this with compromised immune systems or are in a high risk group.

  8. Phil F
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    Good grief Fatboy,, Illinois has a positivity rate of 4.1%, which is minuscule. Chitcago has its own problems, why don’t you and Lightbrain take care that sewer first and leave the rest of state alone.
    Downstate Illinois isn’t Chitcago, buzz off and butt out FatBoy.

  9. Johannes
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    Don’t complain
    In the state of Victoria Australia our totally power crazed Socialist left Premier (equivalent to your Governors I guess) mandates masks at all times outside the home. Golf and fishing banned and when they were allowed masks were required – on a bloody golf course or fishing alone on a pier! 8pm to 5 am curfew.
    Our second wave 100% due to his government employing untrained Hotel quarantine security guards on social media when police and military were available. And of course they received mandatory inclusion and diversity training but no infection control training. Bloody madness.

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