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IMPORTANT CHICAGO REOPENING NOTICE
Chicago is currently in Phase 5.
In Phase 5, most mandatory COVID-19 regulations have been lifted, including capacity limits, social distancing requirements and mask mandates at most businesses.
There are limited circumstances and settings where all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, must continue to wear a mask in accordance with CDC guidance:
- on public transportation, including CTA, Metra, Pace, taxis, liveries, and ride-hail services,
- in congregate facilities such as correctional centers and homeless shelters,
- in health care settings, and where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
Masks will still be required in schools. Individuals in schools, day care settings, and educational institutions should continue to follow separate guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and Illinois Department of Public Health.
Bars, restaurants and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license can resume normal hours of operation.
Until the statewide Public Health Emergency Order expires on June 26, establishments with a Late Hour Liquor License can operate without hour restrictions if only fully vaccinated patrons and no unvaccinated patrons are permitted to enter during late night operations. Liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments with a Package Goods license must still cease alcohol sales at 11:00 pm.
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), industry leaders, labor leaders, and public officials, have developed industry-specific guidelines for safely operating within Phase IV: Gradually Resume. These guidelines are part of the city’s Be Safe Chicago framework that will be used to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19.
Aligned with the State of Illinois but tailored to Chicago’s context, these guidelines advise employers and residents of Chicago on how to gradually resume reopening while continuing to prioritize the health of our most vulnerable residents. Please reference the materials on this page to help cautiously guide your businesses and employees as we go into Phase IV as of Friday, June 26: Gradually Resume. As we continue to reopen further, more guidelines will be added to this page, and existing guidelines will be updated.
Businesses and employees can find detailed guidelines for operations during Phase IV of Chicago’s response to COVID-19
Businesses are encouraged to go through the city's self-certification process for reopening
Refer to this page for employee-specific resources on worker protections and labor laws.”
The City of Chicago has compiled the national resources in response to COVID‑19, as well as provided health-focused posters for download and use in your place of business