The Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has upheld the Department of Public Health’s new rule imposing fines on businesses if their customers don’t follow public health guidelines and wear a mask.
NFIB urged the committee to reject the rule. “This isn’t a question of whether masks help reduce the spread of the coronavirus,” NFIB State Director Mark Grant said. “It’s a question of whether employers, especially small businesses, have the resources to confront customers who politely decline or aggressively refuse to obey the rules and wear a face covering.
“We’ve all seen the videos of people who become verbally and physically abusive when asked to wear a mask or leave the premises. It’s wrong to assume that cashiers, sales associates, and store managers have the training to defuse these situations and persuade people to either mask up or get out.”
It would make more sense, he said, if “our elected officials to focus any enforcement action on the people who break the rules rather than the businesses they choose to enter.”
We urge businesses to visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website, which has business toolkits with signage, posters, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations.