It seems that almost as soon as we post something about new COVID-19 guidance, that guidance has changed. But, we did want to update you on a recent Executive Order issued by the Governor that extends the time-frame for the new vaccine mandates for certain Illinois workers, including healthcare workers, school personnel, and higher education personnel.
In Executive Order 2021-22, the Governor updated EO 2021-20 which had set a deadline for vaccine compliance for a first shot of September 5, 2021. The deadline for covered workers to get the first shot is now September 19, 2021. This new vaccine mandate applies to health care workers (as defined in the EO), school personnel (also defined in the EO), and higher education personnel (defined in the EO). Until these personnel are fully vaccinated, they must comply with certain testing requirements set out in the EO (unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption). We encourage you to consult with your labor counsel on these new requirements, as they place certain affirmative obligations on employers who are covered by these new requirements.
The EO also includes face covering requirements for persons over age 2 in indoor spaces.