As of Feb. 28, the Oak Park Public Health Department no longer required indoor masking and proof of COVID-19 vaccination in public places. The repealing and rescinding of the Oak Park public health order coincides with the Feb. 28 expiration of the similar statewide requirement.

The Oak Park safety measure was removed due to steadily improving local COVID-19 metrics, according to a Feb. 25 village news release. The village reported the previous day that there were 92 new Oak Park cases and no fatalities, compared to the 117 new cases and five deaths the week before.

From a county standpoint, metrics are favorable as well. The Cook County COVID-19 levels are listed as “low” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends people who live in communities with low levels remain up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and to get tested immediately if symptomatic.

The Oak Park Public Health Department still supports the wearing of masks for added protection against the virus. Masking is still required on public transportation.

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