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IMPORTANT CHICAGO REOPENING NOTICE
As part of our Phase IV: Gradually Resume guidelines, the reinstatement of certain restrictions will go into effect Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions are the most up to date and take precedence over the industry-specific guidelines if there are points of contradiction.
- When dining out at a food service establishment or bar, customers can take off their masks while seated, but must now put masks back on whenever interacting with staff (ordering food, talking to servers)
- Bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption without a retail food license will no longer be able to serve customers indoors
- Restaurants that serve alcohol will be allowed to continue to operate as long as they abide by ongoing COVID-19 guidance and existing regulations
- Establishments without food may still provide outdoor service as they did under Phase III guidelines
- Maximum party size and table occupancy at restaurants, bars, taverns, breweries and event venues will be reduced to six people (indoor or outdoor)
- Indoor fitness class size will be reduced to a maximum of 10 people
- Personal services requiring the removal of face coverings will no longer be permitted (shaves, facials, etc.)
- Residential property managers are asked to limit guest entry to five additional people for single-member households such that total indoor gatherings and parties do not exceed six people
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