Chicago's new, indoor mask mandate begins Friday

Couple Buying Groceries Wearing Face Mask

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The City of Chicago’s new, indoor mask mandate goes into effect Friday.

Chicago is once again seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, cased by the highly contagious Delta variant. Additionally, COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have gone up in recent weeks.

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said the city is averaging more than 400 new cases of COVID a day, and that once the numbers drop significantly below that, the mask mandate will be dropped again. But, Chicago will need to stay below the 400 marker for several weeks before the mandate is removed.