Kane County health officials said during the Kane County Board Public Health Committee meeting Wednesday (May 19, 2021) that they fully support the rights of local business owners and local governments to establish and enforce their own mask-wearing policies if they choose to do so.
Kane County Health Department Assistant Director Michael Isaacson emphasized that businesses, schools and other institutions in Kane County can set their own policies for mask wearing and social distancing, following last week’s announcement of new Centers for Disease Control guidelines that allow fully-vaccinated people to take off their masks in most circumstances.
“If you walk into a business and they have a requirement to wear a mask, we ask everyone to respect those rules,” Isaacson said.
The Health Department generally has promoted and supported the mask-wearing guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health, but officials said during Wednesday’s committee meeting that they would continue to work on setting clear guidelines locally.
Kane County Board Chair Corinne Pierog said the county is reviewing its mask guidelines for Kane County government buildings in hopes of having a uniform set of policies among the various county government offices.
Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday (May 18, 2021) that the state officially has aligned its practices and executive orders with those of the CDC, which said fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
Some of the guidelines are shown in the slide above, which was presented at the Public Health Committee. You can read more about the CDC guidelines in this article.
WATCH: Kane County Public Health Committee Meeting on YouTube
CDC: Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
- two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
- CDC: If You’re Fully Vaccinated, You Can Take Your Mask Off in Most Settings
- Pritzker Officially Aligns State Mask Guidance With CDC