Springfield, Illinois – The City of Springfield’s goal has always been to get our businesses fully and safely reopened, our workers safely back to their offices, and our children safe in the classroom for in-person learning.
We are proud of the City Council’s unanimous decision to implement a mask mandate to curb the spike of positive COVID-19 cases in our community last winter, and this proved to be effective.
With the CDC’s announcement yesterday, along with the State of Illinois and Sangamon County Department of Public Health easing the mask requirement for fully vaccinated people, the city will follow the medical guidance provided by the CDC and the public health officials. The city will no longer enforce the mask mandate.
The City of Springfield encourages anyone who has NOT received his or her COVID-19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible. Right now, with businesses serving the public, there is no way for them to know who has received their vaccination and who has not. This makes it difficult to keep businesses and their employees’ safe while serving the public. That is why we respectfully recommend people to continue to wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, and keep social distance.
Unfortunately, we have not reached Phase 5 full reopening in Illinois, and that is why the city recommends for people to still wear a mask. Our businesses are not fully re-opened nor has our entire business community returned to in-person work. We ask everyone to please use caution and keep the health and safety of others in mind, because we want to continue to move forward together.