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Posted on: April 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Issues Directive Requiring Use of Cloth Face Coverings

COVID-19 cloth face masks (JPG)

Emergency Directive Regarding Face Coverings

We know that everyone is dealing with the new realities we all face from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please know that although Village Hall is closed to visitors, Village staff are actively working seven days a week to provide our Village with the best resources, services and public health advice possible. Part of that work is to advise Skokie residents and businesses on best practices that will work for the common good of everyone from a health perspective. Therefore, the Village is issuing this new Directive concerning the use of face coverings.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on April 16, 2020, all individuals living, working or visiting in Skokie will be required to use a face cover over their nose and mouth while working at or patronizing a business open to the public, in situations that bring them in close proximity to others and when using public transportation or rideshares. This includes but is not limited to grocery stores, restaurants, hardware and building supply stores, financial institutions, laundry services, pharmacies, group homes and assisted living, and includes any curbside or home-delivery staff.

Read the Emergency Directive
CDC guidelines on how to wear and make cloth face coverings
See video of United States Surgeon General demonstrating how to create a cloth face covering
Local resources for cloth face coverings

Mayor George Van Dusen signed this Emergency Directive to further increase the wearing of face coverings when in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the Village of Skokie and to protect and demonstrate respect and deep appreciation for healthcare workers and first responders. This Emergency Directive is in addition to the need for strict social distancing practices and adherence to Illinois’ "stay at home" order. Skokie Director of Public Health Dr. Catherine Counard, a medical doctor with advanced degrees in public health and Village Manager John Lockerby joined Mayor Van Dusen in signing the Emergency Directive.

Face coverings are not necessary for these instances:

  • Outdoor activity such as walking, running, biking or other solitary physical activity while practicing social or physical distancing of at least six feet;
  • Riding in a personal vehicle;
  • When drinking or eating;
  • When alone or with household members in a separate single space; and
  • When doing so poses great health, safety or security risk

Like the other distancing measures, including the closure of all Skokie Parks by the Park District, implementation will rely on self-compliance and the community commitment to our collective good which has already been exhibited throughout the Village. The Village of Skokie expects residents, visitors and workers to comply. The directive is in effect until the conclusion of the Village of Skokie’s Emergency Declaration that was enacted on March 16, 2020.

The chart below shows the progression of COVID-19 cases in Skokie since the first case was confirmed on March 14, 2020 through April 13, 2020. This chart is updated at approximately 4 p.m. daily on the Village’s COVID-19 webpage.

COVID-19 case graph April 13, 2020 (PNG)

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