Mask Requirement Enhanced in Restaurants

Aug. 26, 2020

Effective today (Aug. 26), masks are required when interacting with wait staff, food service workers and other employees at bars and restaurants. The State of Illinois announced the change on Tuesday as part of revised statewide guidelines for restaurants and bars to operate safely and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks prompted the more specific mask requirements for restaurants and bars:

  • Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth when patrons are approached and served by staff, including but not limited to when employees take patrons’ orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables.   
  • The guidance also applies to other facilities with food services areas that are currently subject to the Restore Illinois guidance, such as indoor recreational facilities, museums and entertainment venues.

Full guidelines can be found on the Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website.

“Illinois residents continue to take important steps to protect the safety of our loved ones and neighbors. However, due to a recent uptick in cases, we must take additional precautionary steps when we are out in public,” said Governor J.B. Pritzker. “Based on conversations and input from industry and business leaders, the State of Illinois is implementing updated guidelines which will allow restaurants and bars across the state to stay open while helping protect the health and safety of patrons and staff.”