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Assaulting retail employees who enforce COVID-19 guidelines now a felony in Illinois

It is now a felony in Illinois to attack a retail worker enforcing COVID-19 guidelines in Illinois.

The change comes after Gov. JB Pritzker’s emergency rules went into effect Tuesday, August 12, essentially forcing workers to become frontline enforcers of policies such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

"In many ways, these workers are now serving at the forefront of public health mitigation efforts in encouraging social distancing and the use of face coverings," Pritzker said.

Charges for assaulting a retail employee had previously only been a misdemeanor. The new felony charges could carry jail time of five years and a fine of up to $25,000.

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