As officials explore their options to try to limit recent increases in coronavirus cases, some business owners are taking matters into their own hands, requiring customers to wear masks or even requiring proof of vaccination for their employees.
In northeastern Illinois, all but one county is currently experiencing “substantial” or “high” transmission of coronavirus, including Cook County. That means that the CDC has recommended that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks.
Some businesses don’t believe that recommendation has gone far enough, and are implementing their own ideas.
Donnie Biggens, owner of the Golden Dagger Coffee and Live Music shop in Lincoln Park, says that all of his employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“All of our staff has been vaccinated,” he said.
Chicago salon owner Ingmar James says that all of her employees, and all of her customers,…