Feb. 25, 2022 – The Oak Park Department of Public Health announced today that the community’s indoor mask and proof of vaccination in public places requirements will be lifted Monday, Feb. 28 – click here to read the official order.
The decision comes as local COVID-19 metrics continue to steadily improve and mirrors similar steps being taken across the region and state to remove measures put in place to slow the spread of the virus.
Local health officials also considered new guidance issued Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC’s new framework to monitor the level of COVID-19 in communities indicates the community level in Cook County is low. The CDC’s recommendation for individuals living in areas with low levels of COVID-19 is to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if presenting symptoms.
Health officials support the use of masks by people as an extra layer of protection from the virus. People should immediately test and stay home when symptomatic, according to health officials.
Masks will continue to be required in settings as stipulated by federal or state order such as public transportation and transportation hubs.
Earlier this month Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the statewide indoor mask requirement would be lifted Feb. 28. Proof of vaccine requirements that were in effect in Chicago and most of suburban Cook County also will be lifted Feb. 28.
For more information about Oak Park’s ongoing COVID-19 response, visit www.oak-park.us/covid19.
For information about COVID-19 vaccine availability in Oak Park, visit www.oak-park.us/vaccine.