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State confirms indoor mask mandate will be lifted Monday

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline, and ICU bed availability continues to rise, so Gov. J.B. Pritzker confirmed on Friday, Feb. 25, that the Illinois indoor mask requirement will end Monday, Feb. 28, at 12:01 a.m.

Since the Pritzker announced on Feb. 9 the plan to lift the indoor mask requirement, the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 has been cut in half and the number of ICU beds available increased by 24%. Illinois’ weekly COVID-19 case rate has also decreased by 70%.

More than 8 million people in Illinois are . . .

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