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Pritzker announces mask mandate for public schools, long-term care facilities

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Wednesday that, effective immediately, public schools and long-term care facilities in the state would require masks, even for those who have been fully vaccinated.

The emergence of the fast-spreading Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 led to the decision, along with the fact that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced there is evidence fully vaccinated people might be able to spread the disease, even if they are protected from the most serious effects of it themselves.

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