SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A new law passed last week in Illinois amended the criminal code making it a felony for anyone to attack a worker who is enforcing wearing a mask or maintaining social distancing.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker passed the law on Friday that changes the Criminal Code of 2012 in an effort to protect frontline workers.
The Criminal Code of 2012 was amended to define an attack on a frontline worker as aggravated battery, a felony in Illinois.
States have struggled with enforcement of mask mandates which have turned violent.
A Michigan sheriff’s deputy in July fatally shot a man suspected of stabbing another man who had challenged him about not wearing a mask at a store, police said. In May, a security guard at a Family Dollar store in Flint was fatally shot after denying entry to a customer without a mask.
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