ELMHURST, IL — Debates over wearing masks are raging in Elmhurst and elsewhere. Many say masks are the best way to keep the economy going while fighting the spread of the coronavirus. Other say masks should be a choice and that the media and others are trying to spread fear about the virus. In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered everyone in stores to wear masks.
Patch visited four major local grocery stores on Thursday afternoon — Whole Foods, Jewel-Osco on Schiller Street, Mariano's and Walmart, which is just across Route 83 in Villa Park. While some may oppose masks on principle, the vast majority of people are wearing them in supermarkets.
When Patch visited, customers and employees at Whole Foods appeared to be the best at compliance, not surprising given the chain's health-conscious customers. Not one customer or employee was without a mask. All of their face coverings appeared to be raised above their noises.
At Walmart, all customers viewed by Patch were masked. But two employees had their coverings around their necks, with one of them outside monitoring customers entering the store. Four masked employees left their noses exposed.
At Jewel on Schiller, only one customer — a middle-aged woman — was without a mask. Everybody else was in compliance.
At Mariano's, a teenage customer was alone in violating the mask rule.
Patch also stopped by Elmhurst Food & Liquor, 416 N. York St., where residents have complained online about loose compliance of the mask rule.
Only the clerk was in the store when Patch visited. His mask was down, but as he pointed out, he was eating lunch. He raised his mask upon seeing a customer.