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CAMPTON HILLS – Kane County Health Department officials said they will be doing more to make sure businesses, schools and child care establishments are requiring face coverings as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“The rules change that the governor announced last week will provide additional capacity at the local level for enforcement,” Michael Isaacson, assistant director of community health for the Kane County Health Department, said in an email Friday. “We are working closely with the Kane County States Attorney’s Office and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office to utilize the authority in the rules change to increase enforcement. Any organization that is not following the current guidelines is putting their customers and employees at an increased risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. We will continue to work with every organization that we identify, in an effort to get them in compliance.”
The order announced by Gov. JB Pritzker requires businesses, schools and day care facilities to make “reasonable efforts” to ensure that patrons and employees wear face coverings when they cannot maintain a six-foot distance from others. Reasonable efforts can include such things as posting signage that state face coverings are required, giving verbal warnings to customers to wear face coverings, offering a mask to patrons and asking customers to leave if they refuse.
Under the new rules, businesses found to be out of compliance will first be given a written warning. A second offense can result in having some or all of their patrons leave the premises as needed to comply with health guidelines. If businesses refuse to comply after that, they can receive a class A misdemeanor notice and be subject to a fine ranging from $75 to $2,500.
Luau Coffee in Campton Hills has a no-mask policy. Hand-written signs posted on the front and back of the business state: “Notice – This is a mask-free environment. Enter at your own risk.”
The Kane County Health Department has been in contact with Luau Coffee about its policy.