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Posted on: May 18, 2021

Wheaton Updates Mask Requirements to Match State Guidance

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Following updated COVID-19 safety guidance issued by the CDC and Illinois Department for Public Health, starting Tuesday, May 18, 2021, individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask/face covering in City facilities. This change applies to individuals inside City Hall, the Wheaton Public Library, Wheaton’s Public Works facilities, and Wheaton’s Police and Fire stations.   

These changes reflect new state and national guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning individuals who are at least 2 weeks past the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination, or 2 weeks past receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccination. 

However, masks are still required in City facilities for individuals who have not been fully vaccinated, and the new state and federal guidance still requires masks for all individuals – regardless of vaccination status – in the following settings:

  • on public transportation
  • in congregate facilities 
  • in healthcare settings
  • in schools
  • in daycare.

Private businesses such as stores may choose to ask patrons to wear masks upon entering the premises. 

The State of Illinois is currently in the Bridge Phase of its Restore Illinois Plan, which allows for slightly less restrictions on gathering sizes and capacity for different types of facilities outlined below. Barring significant reversals in the state’s key COVID-19 statewide indicators, the state is expected to fully reopen under Phase 5 of its Restore Illinois Plan on June 11.  

Bridge Phase Guidelines:

Dining

  • Indoor dining and drinking for parties of up to 10 people
  • Standing areas: Capacity limit of no more than 30% indoors, and 50% outdoors

Health & Fitness

  • Capacity limit of no more than 60% occupancy
  • Group fitness classes of 50 or fewer indoors, or 100 or fewer outdoors

Offices, Personal Care, Retail & Service Counter, Amusement Parks, Museums, Theater & Performing Arts, Zoos, Spectator Events

  • Capacity limit of no more than 60% occupancy

Festivals & General Admission Outdoor Spector Events

  • Limit occupancy to 30 people per every 1,000 sq. ft.

Flea & Farmer Markets

  • Indoor markets: Limit occupancy to 15 people per every 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Outdoor markets: Limit occupancy to 30 people per every 1,000 sq. ft.

Meetings, Conferences, & Conventions

  • Limit to the lesser of 1,000 people or 60% of room capacity

Recreation

  • Indoor: Limit to the lesser of 100 people or 50% of room capacity
  • Outdoor: Limit occupancy to 100 people; multiple groups permissible

Social Events

  • Indoor: Limit occupancy to 250 people
  • Outdoor: Limit occupancy to 500 people

For full guidance and other resources, visit: https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/bridge-phase.

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