Pritzker wins face­off on masks

Chicago Sun-Times - - BUSINESS - Mitchell Ar­men­trout

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s ex­panded mask­ing en­force­ment rules for busi­nesses sur­vived a chal­lenge in Spring­field on Tues­day as health of­fi­cials an­nounced an­other 1,549 peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 across Illi­nois, and 20 more have died.

The new rules an­nounced by the Demo­cratic gov­er­nor’s of­fice last week give lo­cal au­thor­i­ties lee­way to fine busi­nesses up to $2,500, or hit them with a mis­de­meanor charge if they don’t en­force Pritzker’s statewide face-cov­er­ing man­date or so­cial dis­tanc­ing guide­lines.

Six state law­mak­ers on the bi­par­ti­san Joint Com­mit­tee on Ad­min­is­tra­tive Rules voted to sus­pend the rules they com­plain of­fer “ex­tra­or­di­nary dis­cre­tion,” two votes shy of wip­ing Pritzker’s rules off the books.

The gov­er­nor said his edict will “pro­vide mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­pli­ance be­fore any penalty is is­sued” for vi­o­la­tions.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Chicago pub­lic health of­fi­cials on Tues­day up­dated the city’s travel quar­an­tine or­der list to re­move Iowa, Kansas and Utah.

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