Beginning at 5 p.m. tonight, April 16, an emergency directive concerning the use of face coverings will be in effect in Skokie. According to the Village’s website, a directive signed by Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen applies as follows:

“Individuals living, working or visiting in Skokie will be required to use a face cover over their nose and mouth while working at or patronizing a business open to the public, in situations that bring them in close proximity to others and when using public transportation or rideshares. This includes but is not limited to grocery stores, restaurants, hardware and building supply stores, financial institutions, laundry services, pharmacies, group homes and assisted living, and includes any curbside or home-delivery staff.”

Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker has advised all residents to wear face coverings if they must go out during the stay-at-home order, which remains in place until April 30. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wearing a cloth face covering correctly can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Children under age two should not wear a face covering. Wearers should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing. They should be routinely washed depending on frequency of use.

For CDC “Sew and No Sew Instructions” on how to make a face covering at home, go to:

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