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Some H-F organizations plan to keep mask requirements in spite of new CDC guidance (free content)

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance on mask-wearing. The agency eased the mask recommendation for those who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 . 

“Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance,” the CDC update said.

The “except” part still leaves specific requirements in the hands of local authorities. 

On Friday morning, a few Homewood and Flossmoor organizations issued statements noting that they plan to go slow on following the new CDC guidance.


The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District posted a statement on its Facebook page noting that the district follows Illinois and Cook County guidelines, and neither government agency has issued a revision.

“Although the recently updated CDC guidelines state that vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks indoors, the H-F Park District will continue to require masks when indoors at all park district facilities.

“We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our participants and staff. Mask wearing and social distancing are the key components of our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities and community. We thank you for your continued support and encourage you to stay informed by visiting hfparks.com.”

At least one business also quickly reaffirmed its mask requirement. Bookie’s New and Used Books at 2015 Ridge Road posted a statement on Facebook that committed to a mask requirement beyond government recommendations:

“Regarding the CDC guidance that vaccinated people can go maskless indoors: when the Chicago and Illinois mandates are rescinded, Bookie’s will still require masks be worn in the store for the foreseeable future. We want to be a safe space for all — both mentally and physically — and serve too many children and others who are still susceptible to COVID-19. 

“We do not plan to check vaccination cards upon entry, but we will still check for masks worn over both mouth and nose.”

The village of Homewood also noted in a Facebook post that the Artisan Street Fair on June 4 and 5 will include a mask requirement.

“Sanitizing stations, limited capacity and masks required means you can feel safe while supporting our favorite artisans we’ve missed so much!”

The Homewood Farmers Market will continue its mask requirement, too, according to Market Manager Kate Duff.

“Masks are required, regardless of your vaccination status,” she said in a Facebook post. “Please remember that most of the children and teens at the market are not yet vaccinated.”

The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Martin Square between Ridge and Chestnut roads.

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