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Chicago joins Illinois in lifting COVID restrictions

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials have declared the city fully reopened, ending a requirement that people wear face masks in many indoor places and lifting capacity limits intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Chicago sometimes veered from the state’s restrictions and opted to be stricter or more lenient than the state required. But city officials decided to join the rest of Illinois in lifting restrictions Friday, nearly 15 months after Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued the first stay-at-home order as COVID-19 cases began to rise. People who are not vaccinated must continue wearing masks indoors. Masks will still be required in health care facilities, jails, shelters, schools and on public transportation.

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