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Pritzker hopes to remove some COVID-19 mitigations ahead of holidays

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The governor spoke about the mitigations Tuesday morning.

CHICAGO (WREX) — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker says he hopes some COVID-19 mitigations are relaxed ahead of the holidays. 

The governor spoke Tuesday morning in Chicago where he, and top health officials, launched a statewide effort to increase Illinoisans getting a COVID-19 booster shot

READ MORE: Illinois pushing booster shots; working to vaccinate nursing home residents, staff by Thanksgiving 

During the news conference, the governor was asked about when mitigations might be relaxed. 

"Obviously, we want to remove the mitigations as we approach the holidays," Gov. Pritzker said. 

The governor said specifically, he'd like the mitigations to be relaxed ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas because that's when families spend an extended amount of time with each other. 

However, the governor said mitigations being relaxed will depend on how the numbers for the state look. 

"We're continuing, again, to watch the numbers. I think you've seen that although numbers have come down...we want to make sure that we're keeping people healthy and safe, following the guidelines that doctors are offering for us and so we'll continue to do that."

As for what mitigations could be relaxed? The governor said it would be "certain mask mandates."

Illinois is currently one of 6 states with an indoor mask mandate, regardless of vaccination status. 

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Andy Carrigan is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager at WREX. He joined the 13 WREX team as a photographer in 2016 after graduating from Northern Illinois University.

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