City cracking down on businesses that don’t enforce indoor mask mandate

Chicago issued 16 “notices to correct” and 20 citations to businesses between Aug. 20 and 29.

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Chicago’s indoor mask mandate took effect Aug. 20.

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With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, the city is cracking down on businesses that don’t enforce the recently enacted indoor mask mandate.

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The city issued 16 “notices to correct” and 20 citations to businesses between Aug. 20 and 29, city officials said Tuesday.

Under the mandate, which went into effect Aug. 20, a business can be issued a notice to correct or a citation for either failing to require masks or for not displaying a mask mandate sign.

“As cases continue to rise in Chicago, [the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection} is putting all businesses on high alert and letting them know that we will be strictly enforcing the City of Chicago mask mandate,” the city said in a statement.

Businesses receiving notices or citations ranged from a music school to a Karaoke bar to an Italian restaurant.

The city is encouraging the public to call 311 to report mask violations.

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