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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.

A man adjusts his mask before entering a public building.
Chicago’s indoor mask mandate took effect Aug. 20.
Pat Nabong/Sun-Times file

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

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.