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'The Enemy is You,' Pritzker Says to Illinoisans Not Wearing Masks

During his Wednesday coronavirus update, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker shared strong words on Illinoisans who refuse to wear masks, while also criticizing the absence of a nationwide mask mandate.

Posted: Jul 23, 2020 10:50 AM
Updated: Jul 23, 2020 3:13 PM

In Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker mandated masks back on May 1, with Kentucky and Indiana both following suit in the month of July.

During Gov. Pritzker's July 22 coronavirus update, he shared strong words directed at Illinoisans who refuse to wear masks.

"The enemy is not your mask," said Pritzker on Wednesday. "If you're not wearing a mask in public, you're endangering everyone around you - so the enemy is you."

Anti-maskers wasn't the only topic Pritzker shared thoughts on during Wednesday's update, but also the absence of a national mask mandate.

"If there had been one national strategy employed by our federal government like a national mask mandate, perhaps things would be different, but that hasn't happened, and we can't rely on that possibility," said Gov. Pritzker.

"In the meantime, Illinois has set policies for itself and we've seen real progress over these last four months, but our numbers now appear to be gradually rising - and that's very concerning," Pritzker went on to say.

Illinois reported 1598 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, marking 165,301 total identified positive cases of the virus statewide to date.

23 new COVID-19 deaths were also reported throughout the state of Illinois Wednesday, which brought the state's COVID-19 death toll to 7,347 in total.

Pritzker has warned that if COVID-19 positivity rates spike in Illinois, certain restrictions could return - such as closing indoor services at bars and restaurants, as well as prohibiting elective surgeries.

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