Most Cook County suburbs will be under an indoor mask mandate, beginning Monday

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Cook County has announced a mask mandate for indoor public places, beginning Monday, for most suburbs.

The requirement applies to anyone over the age of 2 who can medically tolerate a mask and is regardless of vaccination status.

“We are in a dangerous period, with the Delta variant surging, during which we must return to previous remediation measures,” Dr. Rachel Rubin, Co-Lead and Senior Medical Officer of Cook County Department of Public Health, said in a news release Friday.

County officials said masks must be worn inside the common areas of multi-unit residential buildings and indoor public places that include restaurants, movie theaters, retail establishments and fitness clubs.

The order covers most of Cook County, excluding Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park and Stickney Township, a spokesman for the health department said.

Chicago has an indoor public mask mandate that took effect Friday.