Masks Now A Must
Lake Bluff Village President Kathleen O'Hara issued an emergency order requiring all individuals in Lake Bluff to wear a face covering when in public places. The order takes effect tomorrow, Friday, April 24 at 5 p.m. and will continue throughout the COVID-19 emergency. "Our use of face coverings is critical to protect each other, as well as for the safe reopening of businesses and public life under the Governor's revised order," said Village President O'Hara. "We need to start this practice now for the safety of residents, essential workers, and visitors of our Village." Specifically, the Order requires that individuals wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while: • Working in or patronizing essential businesses. • Shopping for necessary supplies and services. • Visiting healthcare professionals. • Riding in public transportation, taxis, or ride shares. There are limited exceptions to this requirement for: • Children younger than five years old. • Persons who cannot safely wear a face covering. • Engaging in outdoor recreational activity while at least six feet from others. • Riding in personal automobiles. • Remaining at home or in a private space with members of the same household. More information about appropriate face coverings is available on the Village's website, lakebluff.org. Face coverings primarily reduce the risk that others will contract COVID-19 if a person has the virus but does not have symptoms. It is still important to stay home, stay at least six feet away from others, and abstain from social gatherings.