ST. CHARLES – Even as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decrease across the state as well as infection rates, State Sen. Don DeWitte, R-St. Charles, said people need to continue to take precautions like wearing face coverings and to practice social distancing.
"I think people are going to need to continue to be safe and cautious," said DeWitte, in talking to St. Charles Chamber of Commerce members in a Zoom session on Thursday. "I still wear my mask if I'm out in public, at the grocery store or Lowe's or any of the retail establishments that have opened up. I do see a lot of people not wearing masks, but my recommendation would be to continue to wear masks where you need to. It cannot hurt and it will only continue to help prevent the spread of the virus."
DeWitte spoke to Chamber members as part of a end of session legislative update.
He said Gov. JB Pritzker took the right approach in dealing with the initial outbreak.
"I have been and am still thankful and appreciative that the governor took the stringent measures early on that he did with regards to masking and social separating and the lockdown aspect of this process," DeWitte said. "I think being aggressive early on has helped to control the spread of the virus. If people are not out and about congregating with one another, the virus has no place to go."
At the same time, he criticized Pritzker for not allowing businesses to reopen faster.
"We're going to continue to press upon the governor that we need to get our state's economy open back up again, sooner rather than later," DeWitte said. "There's a lot of businesses that just aren't going to make it back. And I think the longer we prolong this process, that list is going to continue to get longer. We need to be smart. We need to be careful. But we also need to prove to folks that we can walk and chew gum at the same time. We can deal with the health aspects of this pandemic and we can try to revive our economy to bring it back to life."