Reopening Businesses Portal
IMPORTANT CHICAGO REOPENING NOTICE
The State of Illinois has imposed new mitigation measures that will go into effect on Friday, October 30 at 12:01AM.
- No indoor dining or service at bars or restaurants
- Non-essential businesses must be closed to the public between the hours of 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM
- Impact on liquor sales:
- Bars, restaurants and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license can sell alcohol on-site or to-go until 11:00 PM
- Liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments with a Package Goods license must still cease alcohol sales at 9:00 pm.
- Restaurants may continue to sell food via delivery, takeout, or curbside pickup at all hours
- Meetings, social events, and gatherings limited to 25 guests or 25% capacity, whichever is fewer (both indoors and outdoors)
- This capacity limit applies to events (e.g., banquet halls, weddings, birthday parties, business dinners/social events, funerals)
- The capacity limit does not supersede industries that have specified capacity guidelines in place (i.e., fitness clubs, retail stores, personal services, movie theaters, places of worship). These establishments can still operate at Phase IV capacity (generally, 40%/ 50 individuals max., whichever is fewer)
- Reminder of current guidelines:
- Per the City’s Public Health Order 2020-9, indoor gatherings within private residences still cannot exceed six non-household members
- Face coverings in all indoor and outdoor public settings
As a reminder, the following Phase IV: Gradually Resume guidelines are still applicable. These restrictions are the most up to date and take precedence over the industry-specific guidelines if there are points of contradiction.
- Outside of restaurants, bars and event venues, other establishments can continue to operate at 40% capacity indoors / max. 50 individuals per space, whichever is fewer. See industry-specific guidelines for more details.
- However, a meeting event or social gathering that is outside of normal business operations must be within the State’s 25% capacity / max. 25 individual limit (e.g., bowling alley hosting a birthday party or museum hosting a book talk).
- Outdoor food service and bar reminders include:
- Maximum party size and table occupancy at restaurants, bars, taverns, breweries and event venues remains at six people
- When dining out at a food service establishment or bar, customers must wear face coverings while seated at all times (including when interacting with staff), except when actively eating or drinking
- Maximum group size for health and fitness classes remains at 15 individuals, while practicing social distancing, or 40% capacity (whichever is fewer)
- Cohorts for out-of-school programs is set at 15 individuals
- Personal services that require the removal of face coverings permitted to reopen (e.g., facials, beard trims)
- Services are recommended to be kept under 15 minutes and the employee conducting the service must always wear a face covering
These restrictions, as part of Phase IV guidelines, are in effect until further notice. Continue checking this website for the most up-to-date information.
As part of Illinois’ Restore Illinois Phase 4 guidelines, revised guidelines for youth and adult sports will go into effect Saturday, August 15 at 12:01 a.m. Types of play are limited based on each sport’s risk level. Visit here for additional information.
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