Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker pleaded with residents to wear masks during a press conference Sunday, calling it “common sense.” His statement comes after announcing new rules on Friday designed to better enforce mask requirements and give local authority guidelines to enforce compliance.
“Imagine if someone could walk into a restaurant, light a cigarette, blow smoke in your face, and all the smoker had to say is ‘well it’s my choice,’” Pritzker said.
Illinois reported 1,382 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths on Sunday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
In the past two days, the state has seen the numbers of new cases surpass 2,000, which was a record high since IDPH reported 2,508 new cases back on May 24.