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Carbondale Reinstates Mask Mandates, Requiring City Employees to Get COVID-19 Vaccination

CARBONDALE – The Carbondale City Council voted unanimously to reinstate a city-wide mask mandate effective immediately at Monday’s special City Council meeting.

The Council also approved an ordinance adopting a policy mandating Carbondale City employees receive the COVID-19 vaccination.  

The City’s mask mandate reinforces Governor Pritzker’s statewide mandate, requiring masks be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. The City’s mandate also requires all employers within the City require employees to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible or when employees interact with customers, regardless of their vaccination status.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Illinois, the City of Carbondale is encouraging all eligible residents to get vaccinated to best protect themselves, their families, and their neighbors, as well as help ensure our community’s long-term economic recovery. 

Vaccines are effective against severe illness and death from COVID-19, as well as variants currently circulating in the United States, including the Delta variant, according to the CDC.