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The tighter rules, including an end to indoor dining and bar service for at least two weeks, will begin at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. The governor’s office did not directly respond to a Journal Star request for comment about its enforcement intent. Rather, that office pointed to comments made last week by Brendan Kelly, director of the Illinois State Police.

Kelly, speaking generally about mitigation enforcement at businesses, said troopers will focus on reported violations involving a lack of masks and proper social distancing. In such cases, state police would take a three-step approach, with the foremost goal of "voluntary compliance," Kelly said.

First, a verbal warning would be issued to a business, which in most cases achieves compliance, Kelly said. If an initial warning were ignored, state police would issue a written warning. If that also were ignored, a misdemeanor citation could be issued, not against an individual but against the business, Kelly said. So far this year, citations have been issued in five counties, he said.

No arrests will be made, Kelly said.

According to the state’s Emergency Rule language, "All local boards of health, health authorities and officers, police officers, sheriffs, and all other officers and employees of the State or any locality, including the Department and certified local health departments … shall enforce the rules and regulations so adopted and orders issued by the Department."

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November 2, 2020 at 11:03PM

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