The City of DeKalb can now issue $300 fines for those who refuse to wear masks or attend large parties and gatherings without properly social distancing. The City Council voted in favor of an ordinance to fine those in violence of Governor JB Pritzker’s orders to stop the spread of COVID-19. City Manager Bill Nicklas said that the county’s COVID case numbers are on the rise, partly due to spikes in cases at NIU. The state health department put DeKalb County on the warning list for further restrictions due to the rise in cases.

According to the ‘nuisance gatherings’ ordinance, failure to comply with regulations such as gatherings of more than 10 people without a face covering or not maintaining at least six feet of distance between persons would result in a fine. Those in violation can be fined a minimum of $300, with increased fines for repeated offenses if necessary.