A continuing decline in statewide COVID-19 hospitalization rates will lead to a lifting of Illinois' statewide indoor mask requirement on Monday, February 28, 2022. The Governor's February 9th announcement noted that masking requirements will, however, continue where federally mandated, and in all daycare settings. The state also intends to continue masking requirements in P-12 schools, subject to pending litigation which impacts several schools.
Governor Pritzker and IDPH Director Ezike emphasized that while masks will no longer be required in most indoor locations beginning February 28th, masks remain a critical tool in keeping people safe (as recently reaffirmed by the CDC), keeping our economy open, and will continue to be recommended. In addition, Illinois residents are reminded that many local jurisdictions, businesses and organizations have their own mask requirements and other mitigations that must be respected.
Governor's Press Release (February 9, 2022) can be read here.