Illinois Fuel and Retail Association statement in response to Pritzker Administration mask rule

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information provided by the Illinois Fuel and Retail Association

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 12, 2020) – The Illinois Fuel and Retail Association, representing the state’s gas stations and convenience stores, yesterday issued the following statement in response to the decision by a legislative panel not to block a rule requiring masks in public places.

Doing business in Illinois during this unprecedented time of conflict and challenge is now even harder.

A panel of legislators known as JCAR [Joint Committee on Administrative Rules] today could not find enough votes to block a misguided rule from Gov. Pritzker’s Administration requiring masks in stores and public places and fining business owners for violations. We will be considering other options, but for now, this policy will move ahead.

We do not oppose a strong public push for wearing masks and taking other protective measures in the fight against COVID-19. Our stores have detailed policies in place to keep customers protected themselves and from others through masks, social distancing, and more. These steps are saving lives.

But requiring masks and punishing business owners, not customers, for not using them just doesn’t make sense. Businesses are struggling to open and stay open. We are not the problem, and yet again we are being treated as criminals. It’s not right, and it will not work.

We urge the Pritzker Administration to rethink this misguided policy that will make life harder for our small businesses, and instead partner with and support us to end this pandemic as quickly as possible and get our state back on the right track. Every moment counts.

Josh Sharp
CEO
Illinois Fuel and Retail Association