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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CARBONDALE – During a Special City Council meeting on Monday, August 30, the Carbondale City Council unanimously voted to reinstate a city-wide mask mandate, effective immediately. The Council also approved an ordinance adopting a policy mandating Carbondale City employees receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
The City’s mask mandate reinforces Governor Pritzker’s statewide mandate, requiring masks be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. The City’s mandate also requires all employers within the City require employees to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible or when employees interact with customers, regardless of their vaccination status.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Illinois, the City of Carbondale is encouraging all eligible residents to get vaccinated to best protect themselves, their families, and their neighbors, as well as help ensure our community’s long-term economic recovery.
“The vaccines are the best way to protect our community. My hope is that anyone who was vaccine-hesitant before is comforted by the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine, and will make an appointment to be vaccinated. By getting the vaccine, we can better combat the Delta variant and help our community move past this pandemic,” said Mayor John “Mike” Henry.
Vaccines are effective against severe illness and death from COVID-19, as well as variants currently circulating in the United States, including the Delta variant, according to the CDC.
For more information, contact the City of Carbondale's Public Relations Officer Roni LeForge at 618-457-3262.
“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”