A judge in Chicago denied a rideshare driver’s request to be exempt from wearing a face covering while driving passengers around. As of an April 30 executive order, all individuals in Illinois are required to wear face covers when social distancing guidelines cannot be practiced in public spaces.
Justin Mahwikizi filed a temporary restraining order on May 6 in an attempt to prevent the state from enforcing the face covering policy on him. In his request, Mahwikizi contended that wearing a face covering while driving could lead to his losing consciousness and potentially colliding with other vehicles. Additionally, he argued that he could be harmed by rideshare passengers who object to the face covering rules or he could be targeted by gangs for unknowingly wearing certain coverings.