Public Health Guidance

Public Health Guidance


In February 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed COVID-19 Community Levels to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest local COVID-19 data. Levels are determined each week for each county in the U.S. Using these metrics, Chicago’s COVID-19 risk level is medium. Learn more here. 

Businesses and local municipalities may choose to implement additional prevention strategies as they deem appropriate. This guidance will be updated as the CDC and IDPH release new recommendations and is meant to supplement any federal or state guidance, safety laws, rules, regulations, or business safety policies that may expressly require a face covering and/or social distancing. Continue to consult the CDC, IDPH, and CDPH websites for updated resources, guidelines, and rules related to COVID-19 safety.  


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Vaccination

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and widely available across Illinois. Eligible Chicagoans ages 5 years and older should be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible to protect themselves against severe outcomes – like hospitalization or death.  
  • Individuals 12 years of age and over are recommended to get a booster shot if it has been five months after completing the Pfizer or Moderna two-dose vaccine series or two months after getting the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  
  • Regardless of vaccination status, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and avoid public spaces except to get medical care.  

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Masks 

  • Effective February 28, 2022, the City of Chicago has removed the mask and vaccine requirements for certain public spaces.  
  • Masks continue to be required in: 
    • Health care settings
    • Other congregate settings (such as nursing homes, shelters, and prisons – additional IDPH guidelines here)  
  • Per CDC COVID-19 Community Levels, indoor masking is optional at Low Level, strongly recommended at Medium Level, and will likely be required at High Level. 

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Travel Advisory

  • Chicago’s Travel Advisory is updated weekly on Fridays, aligned with CDC guidance which designates counties nationwide as high, medium, or low risk for COVID-19.

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Communication Resources

The City of Chicago has compiled health-focused posters for download and use.

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Employee Resources

Refer to this page for employee-specific resources on worker protections and labor laws.