(KFTK) - Face masks will be required at all indoor public spaces and any outdoor public place in Illinois where you can't maintain a six-foot social distance, starting on May 1. Here's what you need to know to be ready.
New stay-at-home order
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a modified stay-at-home order that will take effect on May 1. It will last until at least May 31.
The new order includes a phased re-opening of some state parks. Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries will re-open as essential businesses and golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines. More details about the order can be found here.
When will you have to wear a face mask
Individuals will be required to wear a mask when they're in any public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings will also be required in public indoor spaces, such as grocery and retail stores.
This applies to anyone who is over 2-years-old and those who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.
How will it be enforced?
Gov. Pritzker said after announcing the new stay-at-home orders that police officers should "remind" people to be wearing a face mask if they are not doing so.
"We're not encouraging police officers to stop people and arrest them or take drastic action," Pritzker says.
He also said businesses should require people to be wearing a mask before entering the building.
How to wear a mask
The U.S. Surgeon General tweeted a how-to video showing how people could easily make a mask at home: