In response to the increasing COVID-19 cases, orders requiring proof of vaccination began in Evanston, Oak Park and Skokie on Monday.
Customers are required to present proof of vaccination at indoor stores that serve food and drink for on-site consumption, including restaurants, bars, fitness facilities and entertainment venues, according to local officials.
Valid photo identification, as well as a Center for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination card, photo of vaccination card, digital vaccination card, or printed vaccination card are required, Skokie officials said. Similar evidence is required at Evanston and Oak Park.
The mandates are not the first such requests in the region.
Chicago and Cook Counties introduced rules for evidencing vaccinations on January 3rd.
Evanston and Oak Park both have their own health departments and are therefore not bound by Cook County’s mandates, according to the authorities.
While the three municipalities followed suit, several suburbs opposed the order. At Orland Park, the village council voted not to enforce Cook County’s immunization mandate, and officials cited the move as an example of “government excess” to be left to individual companies.
Burr Ridge officials said the community will not enforce the mandate.