A Message from Mayor Shapiro:
As a result of the continued decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and the increase in available ICU beds, the Illinois indoor mask requirement will end Monday, February 28, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. Deerfield will follow the State guidance and no longer require masks in most indoor settings, including at Village Hall.
Since the Governor announced his plan to lift the indoor mask requirement, the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 has been cut in half and the number of ICU beds available increased by 24%. Illinois’ weekly COVID-19 case rate has also decreased by 70%.
Masks will still be required where federally mandated: including on public transit, health care facilities, congregate settings, long term care facilities, and daycare settings. Additionally, private businesses may choose to implement their own masking requirements.
I strongly encourage everyone to stay up-to-date on vaccines to protect themselves, the elderly, the young, and the immunocompromised. More than 8 million people in Illinois are fully vaccinated with an average of approximately 16,000 COVID-19 vaccines administered each day. Vaccines continue to be readily available at pharmacies across the state, many local health departments, doctor offices, federally qualified health centers, and other locations. To find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you, go to www.vaccines.gov.
As we continue to take steps to hopefully put this pandemic behind us, I ask that residents continue to remain neighborly during this transition period. Some people will continue to wear masks, while some will not. Residents should also keep a mask with them even after February 28, as they may encounter businesses or circumstances where a mask is required.
Thank you for keeping our community safe and helping us help one another.