COVID-19 Orders


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-10: Quarantine Restrictions on Persons Entering Chicago from High Case-Rate States
Issued: July 2, 2020

In response to increased and high rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states within the United States, and to add to Chicago’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a period of 14 days. The order applies to states that have a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over a 7- day rolling average. Read the full order No. 2020-10 or see these Frequently Asked Questions.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-9: Phase IV: Gradually Resume
Issued and Effective: July 24, 2020

This order cautiously reopens Chicago’s businesses.  Under the order, businesses may reopen, as long as they follow mask-wearing, social distancing, and other requirements.  The order also maintains the Lakefront closure. Read the full order No. 2020-9.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-5 (AMENDED AND RE-ISSUED): Cessation of Alcoholic Liquor Sales 
Issued and Effective: July 10, 2020

This order maintains the closure of all liquor stores at 9 pm, but it permits restaurants to sell liquor as late as 11 pm. This order ensures that there are no congregations of people that could result in increased transmission of COVID-19. Read the full order No. 2020-5.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-2 (AMENDED AND RE-ISSUED): Removing Requirement to Check Staff for COVID-19 Symptoms at the End of Shift
Issued and Effective: June 1, 2020

On March 19, 2020, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, Dr. Arwady, issued required protocols for acute care facilities and hospitals in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The protocols included policies for reducing personal protective equipment waste, safety restrictions on hospital visitors, checking employees for symptoms of COVID-19 at the beginning and end of each shift, COVID-19 reporting requirements, and the postponement of elective surgeries and medical procedures. On May 12, 2020, Order 2020-2 was amended to remove the requirement that elective surgeries and medical procedures be postponed.

This second amended order removes the requirement to check employees for symptoms of COVID-19 at the end of each shift but maintains the requirement to check staff at the start of each shift. The remainder of the requirements in the May 12, 2020 amended order are retained, until such time as the Commissioner determines the threat to public health posed by COVID-19 has diminished to the point that they can be repealed. Read the Full Second Amended Order 2020-2.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-3 (SECOND AMENDED AND REISSUED): Applying Governor's Stay-at-Home Executive Order
Issued and Effective: May 29, 2020

This amended order extends the stay at home order and requires all Chicago parks, beaches, and trails on and adjacent to the Lakefront, the Chicago Riverwalk, and the Bloomingdale Trail (the 606) to remain closed until June 3, 2020. People can go out for a walk or a jog but they must maintain at least six feet distance from others. In addition, the order prohibits boating and gatherings of more than ten people. Read the full order No. 2020-3.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-2 (AMENDED AND RE-ISSUED): Permitting Elective Surgeries and Medical Procedures
Issued and Effective: May 12, 2020

On March 19, 2020, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, Dr. Arwady, issued required protocols for acute care facilities and hospitals in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The protocols included policies for reducing personal protective equipment waste, safety restrictions on hospital visitors, monitoring employees for symptoms of COVID-19, COVID-19 reporting requirements, and the postponement of elective surgeries and medical procedures.

This amended order removes the requirement that elective surgeries and medical procedures be postponed. The remainder of the requirements in the original order are retained, until the Commissioner determines the threat to public health posed by COVID-19 has diminished to the point that they can be repealed. Read the full order No. 2020-2.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-7: Short-Term Residential Rental Intermediaries
Issued and Effective: May 8, 2020

This order requires short-term residential rental intermediaries (like Airbnb and Homeaway) to provide the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection information on rental reservations (such as the addresses of rented properties and the number of guests) at least twice weekly. Additionally, each reservation through an intermediary must share the text of Governor Pritzker’s Stay At Home Order and obtain acknowledgement from renting customers that they understand parties and other social gatherings at rental properties may be prohibited by the Governor’s Stay At Home Order, violations of which can result in fines of up to $3,000 and arrest. Violators of Order shall be subject to further action, which may include financial penalties, arrest, or closure of the intermediary during the term of the Order. Read the full order No. 2020-7.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-3 (AMENDED AND RE-ISSUED): Applying Governor’s Stay-at-Home Executive Order
Issued and Effective: May 1, 2020

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined Governor JB Pritzker to order all Chicagoans and Illinoisans to stay at home through at least May 30, 2020. This is essential to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in our city, and to protect our friends, neighbors, and vulnerable Chicagoans. Effective May 1, here’s what you need to know and do: 

  • You are required to stay at home except for essential needs, such as getting groceries once a week or seeking medical care. 
  • When you must go out in public, you should always stay 6 feet away from others. If social distancing is not possible, wear a face covering.
  • You can go outside for brief walks, runs, or bike rides, or to walk your pet, but you can’t gather in groups of 10 or more. That includes no group sports like basketball or soccer. 

This order is mandatory – not suggested guidance. We are counting on your good judgment to decide when it is essential to go out. The City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department will enforce the order as needed to keep people safe, including disbursing large groups who are gathered in public places. Read the full order No. 2020-3 or see these Frequently Asked Questions.


UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 2020-4: Medical Data Sharing Requirements
Issued and Effective: April 29, 2020

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated guidance to address questions regarding the minimal standards and timeframe to meet Public Health Order 2020-4 which requires acute and long term hospitals to provide CDPH access to electronic health records for the purposes of collecting essential data on patients tested for COVID-19. CDPH is defining May 6, 2020, as the date by which the minimal standards for reporting should be in place. The most recent technical guidance on data transmission to meet this Public Health order is linked below, and can be found at the CDPH HAN page. Additionally, CDPH provided clarity for all healthcare providers regarding necessary data to be collected and submitted with all COVID-19 tests. Read the full order 2020-4.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 2020-6: Information Regarding COVID-19 Testing Facilities
Issued and effective: April 29, 2020

As more organizations are testing for COVID-19, CDPH has identified that not all testing sites are fulfilling public health reporting requirements. Further, not all sites are connected to electronic laboratory reporting (ELR), or I-NEDSS, limiting the ability to report COVID-19 tested patients to public health. Testing sites perform a crucial function, and timely reporting is essential for productive contact tracing, and prompt guidance on isolation and quarantine. As such, CDPH has issued public health order 2020-6 requiring all providers and organizations offering testing to update their websites in machine readable formats which will enable CDPH to identify sites offering testing. Additionally, entities that are not reporting through I-NEDSS need to notify CDPH via email of the location of testing and type of test offered at: covid19pui@cityofchicago.org. Read the full order 2020-6.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-5: Cessation of Alcoholic Liquor Sales
Issued and Effective: April 8, 2020

To minimize individuals from congregating near liquor stores during the Stay at Home Order, the order sets a curfew for all liquor sales to 9 p.m. each evening. Every liquor store must post signs on each entrance of their store and in areas where alcohol is sold to let people know of the 9 p.m. sales curfew. This curfew can be enforced by the Commissioner of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, the Local Liquor Control Commissioner, and the Chicago Police Department. Read the full order No. 2020-5.


EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 2020-2: Protecting Immigrant and Refugee Communities
Issued and Effective: April 7, 2020

The City is providing numerous aid opportunities to its residents, including a $2 million COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant to cover rent for people affected by the pandemic, a $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund to offer assistance to small businesses, and an Online Enrichment Learning Resource through Chicago Public Schools to provide all students access to educational opportunities. The order requires that these opportunities, as well as any other relief programs administered by the City, should be fairly available to all residents, regardless of their citizenship status. Read the full order No. 2020-2.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-4: Medical Data Sharing Requirements
Issued and Effective: April 6, 2020

This order requires hospitals within the City of Chicago to provide CDPH with access to electronic health records, while taking steps to protect patient confidentiality, to help CDPH in its effort to stop the disease. The information includes patient impact and hospital capacity elements, as well as patient information specified by demographic. Read the full order No. 2020-4.


PUBIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-3: Applying Governor’s Stay-at-Home Executive Order
Issued and Effective: March 26, 2020

This order closes of all Chicago parks, beaches, and trails on and adjacent to the Lakefront, the Chicago Riverwalk, and the Bloomingdale Trail (the 606). People can go out for a walk or a jog but they must maintain at least six feet distance from others. Sports like basketball or soccer will not be allowed because of the closeness to other players. Any get-togethers of more than ten people in public or at home are also not allowed. The Police Department will help in making sure that people are following the rules. Read the full order in English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-2: Duties of Hospitals and Other Congregate Facilities
Issued and Effective: March 19, 2020

This order directed hospitals to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic through several actions. First, the order requires all hospitals and clinics to monitor the amount and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as goggles, masks, and gloves to ensure that PPE is not wasted. Second, the order instructs hospitals to postpone non-emergency surgeries. Additionally, the order attempts to limit the transmission of COVID-19 by limiting when people can access hospitals and visit patients. Finally, the order requires that the hospital check employees for the symptoms of COVID-19 at the beginning and end of each shift. At the same time, all schools, jails, prisons, halfway houses, and all persons allowed to work with children and seniors will let CDPH know of any known cases of COVID-19 in their location. Because of this, all facilities need to have a person who is responsible for writing these reports to CDPH within 24 hours of learning about the group. Read the full order No. 2020-2.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER No. 2020-1: Shelter in Place for COVID-19 Illness
Issued and Effective: March 18, 2020

This order tells people who are sick with COVID-19 symptoms to stay at home. The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Any person who is sick must stay home and not go out, except to seek emergency medical care. Under the order, any person who previously had COVID-19 symptoms can only leave the house only after until 7 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared and until they have been fever free for at least 3 days without the use of medicine. The order emphasizes that people who are sick should separate themselves from other people, including any other family members at home. Read the full order No. 2020-1.