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What may be different?

It is more important than ever to follow guidance from local, state, and federal officials on how to stop the spread of COVID-19. See below for the most up to date capacity protocols across all industries/activities for which the City has released reopening guidelines. In addition, establishments should also reference the industry guidelines listed on this website, all of which include strict adherence to physical distancing, masking, health screening and sanitation protocols.


  •  General Capacity Guidelines (English)

What may be different?

Guidelines for Education and childcare

  1. Visual signage posted throughout facilities regarding hygiene, social distancing, proper PPE and more
  2. ​Encourage social distancing within the classroom, promote distancing by moving desks or furniture in the classroom, where possible
  3. Face coverings required at all times while inside the school building
  4. Hallways or other places where students queue marked with suggested 6 ft distancing markings
  5. Provide hand sanitizer stations throughout school and office spaces, including at all entrances, exits, and classrooms
  6. Any student or staff who arrives with COVID-19 symptoms or develops symptoms during the day should be separated in a designated space while transportation home is arranged



Thank you to our partners

  • Erikson Institute
  • Carole Robertson Center
  • Illinois Action for Children
  • Child Care Society
  • Austin Child Care Providers Network
  • Ounce of Prevention
  • Chicago Commons
  • CPS
  • DFSS
  • Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Chicago Park District
  • Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools
  • Chicago Public Education Fund
  • UChicago Consortium on School Research
  • City Colleges of Chicago
  • America’s Urban Campus
  • Northwestern University
  • Chicago State University
  • University of Chicago
  • Loyola University
  • UIC
  • National Louis University
  • Chicago Park District
  • Chicago Department of Family & Support Services
  • YWCA
  • After School Matters
  • Urban Initiatives
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Game on Sports for Girls
  • Project Exploration
  • Gary Comer Youth Center
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Embarq
  • Hyde Park Art Center
  • Marwen

What may be different?

Guidelines


National Resources

Thank you to our partners

  • Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago
  • Chicagoland Apartment Association
  • Cushman and Wakefield
  • CBRE
  • Hines
  • Zeller Realty Group
  • JLL Property Management
  • Sterling Bay
  • Glenstar Properties
  • The John Buck Company
  • AmTrust Realty
  • Public Buildings Commission
  • Chicago Housing Authority
  • World Business Chicago
  • SEIU Local 1
  • IUOE Local 399

What may be different?

Hospitality Guidelines

  1. 6 ft indicators placed throughout common areas to promote physical distancing; face coverings required in all common areas
  2. ​Daily housekeeping during stay upon request only to limit staff time in guest rooms

  3. ​Restaurants and bars open at reduced capacity for inhouse dining / drinking

  4. Visual signage throughout facility regarding hygiene, social distancing, proper PPE and more

  5. ​Guests encouraged to leverage mobile check-ins/outs and keys
  6. High touch areas such as elevators are frequently cleaned by employees
  7. Limited gatherings in common areas such as lobbies

Guidelines


National Resources


Thank you to our partners

  • Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Marriott
  • Hilton
  • Hyatt
  • Airbnb
  • Unite Here Local 1
  • MPEA / McCormick Place
  • Navy Pier
  • Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
  • Chicago Architecture Center
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Chicago Park District
  • DCASE
  • Chicago Riverwalk
  • Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters

What may be different?

B2B Guidelines

  1. ​Employees complete health screening before entering

  2. Sanitation and handwashing stations readily available for employee use

  3. ​Work stations separated by 6 ft distancing and impermeable barriers where possible

  4. 6 ft indicators placed throughout manufacturing floor, where possible

  5. ​All employees wear appropriate PPE (i.e., gloves, face masks, eyewear, etc.,) where possible

  6. Visual signage posted throughout facilities regarding hygiene,  social distancing, proper PPE and more

What may be different?

Restaurants Guidelines

  1. Contactless pickup available and contactless payment encouraged

  2. ​Indoor dining / alcohol consumption permitted at 25% capacity, outdoor permitted1 following social distancing requirements

  3. Visual signage throughout facilities regarding hygiene, social distancing, proper PPE and more
  4. Employees required to wear face coverings at all times, face coverings for guests required when not seated
  5. ​Employees and diners encouraged to maintain 6ft physical distancing

  6. ​Employees frequently disinfect facilities

1Application process pending; dining areas considered outdoors include rooftops, rooms with retractable roofs and indoor spaces where 50% or more of a wall can be removed via the opening of windows, doors, or panels provided that dining tables are within 8-ft from such openings

Guidelines



Thank you to our partners

  • Illinois Restaurant Association
  • HaiSous
  • Boka Restaurant Group
  • Majani
  • The Paramount Group
  • Sidetrack
  • Parachute / Wherewithall
  • Turkey Chop
  • One Off Hospitality
  • BJ's Market & Bakery
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Peaches/Rome's Joy Catering
  • Samco Enterprises
  • Lunan Corporation
  • Connie's Pizza
  • Vaughan Hospitality Group

What may be different?

Retail and Services Guidelines

  1. ​Customers encouraged to maintain physical distancing while in store

  2. Impermeable barriers may be used to maintain separation between employees and shoppers

  3. ​Employees disinfect stores frequently

  4. Sanitizing products are readily available for use

  5. ​Customers encouraged to use contactless payment

  6. ​Customers and employees required to wear facial coverings at all times

  7. 6ft indicators placed throughout stores to ensure customers maintain physical distancing

Guidelines


National Resources


Thank you to our partners

  • Illinois Retail Merchants Association
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Andersonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Chicago Loop Alliance
  • The Magnificent Mile Association
  • Illinois Food Retailers Association
  • Local 1546 UFCW
  • Local 881 UFCW
  • KeyStylist Salon
  • Pampered Soles

What may be different?

B2B Guidelines

  1. ​Employees complete health screening before entering

  2. Sanitation and handwashing stations readily available for employee use

  3. ​Work stations separated by 6 ft distancing and impermeable barriers where possible

  4. 6 ft indicators placed throughout manufacturing floor, where possible

  5. ​All employees wear appropriate PPE (i.e., gloves, face masks, eyewear, etc.,) where possible

  6. Visual signage posted throughout facilities regarding hygiene,  social distancing, proper PPE and more

Guidelines


National Resources


Thank you to our partners

  • Illinois Manufacturers' Association
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Calumet Area Industrial Commission
  • Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network
  • ConnectFood
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Freedman Seating Company
  • IMEC
  • S&C Electric Company
  • Hispanic American Construction Industry Association
  • Ozinga Bros., Inc.
  • USG Corporation
  • AT&T
  • Comcast
  • Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Federation of Women Contractors
  • Teamsters
  • LiUNA
  • Clayco

What may be different?

quidelines for healthcare

  1. ​​6 ft indicators placed throughout facilities to ensure patients maintain physical distancing
  2. Employers encouraged to provide sanitizing supplies throughout facilities
  3. ​​Patients and staff required to wear facial coverings at all times

  4. Visual signage posted throughout facilities regarding hygiene, social distancing, proper PPE and more

Guidelines



Thank you to our partners

  • Illinois Health and Hospital Association
  • Advocate VP of Human Resources
  • St Francis AMITA
  • Sinai Health System
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Rush
  • FQHCs
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Fresenius
  • Illinois Nurses Association
  • National Nurses United 
  • IHCA
  • Leading AgeIL
  • Health Care Council of Illinois
  • Citadel Health Care
  • Oak Street Health
  • Kennedy Forum Illinois

What may be different?

Transportation Guidelines

  1. Visual indicators of >6ft physical distancing may be placed throughout transit stations

  2. ​Employees disinfect transit stations four times a day, and clean vehicles before and during service

  3. ​Passengers encouraged to wear facial coverings at all times

  4. Passengers encouraged to maintain >6ft physical distancing at all times
  5. Visual signage posted throughout transit stations regarding hygiene, social distancing, proper PPE and more

Guidelines


National Resources


Thank you to our partners

  • CDOT
  • Mayor's office
  • CPDH
  • BACP
  • CTA
  • Metra
  • ATU Local 241, Buses
  • ATU Local 308, Trains
  • MPC
  • Active Trans
  • CNT
  • Commercial Club
  • CDA
  • Pace & ADA Paratransit
  • RTA
  • CMAP
  • Cook County
  • IDOT
  • Amtrak
  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • Taxi industry
  • DePaul

What may be different?

Parks & Outdoor Attractions

  1. ​​Runners, joggers, bikers and walkers encouraged to maintain >6 ft distancing while exercising

  2. ​​Non contact outdoor activities encouraged, youth and amateur sports allowed with participant restrictions

  3. ​​Playgrounds and splash pads remain closed

  4. Social groups maintain physical distancing in open spaces

  5. ​​All individuals required to wear face coverings except during physical activity

  6. Visual signage posted throughout park regarding social distancing, proper PPE, and more

Guidelines


Thank you to our partners

  • Illinois Hotel Association
  • Sheraton Grand (Marriott)
  • Palmer House (Hilton)
  • Hyatt Corporate
  • Airbnb
  • Unite Here Local 1
  • MPEA / McCormick Place
  • Navy Pier
  • Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
  • Chicago Architecture Center
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Chicago Park District
  • DCASE
  • Chicago Riverwalk
  • Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Chicago Yacht Club

What may be different?

Arts & Culture Guidelines

  1. ​​Rooms may have no more than 50 as long as distancing is followed

  2. ​​Stagger ingress and egress times to avoid checkpoint crowding

  3. Employees frequently disinfect facilities

  4. Sanitation stations available throughout facilities
  5. ​​All individuals required to wear facial coverings

  6. Seating spread out by 6 ft to promote distancing
  7. Visual signage posted throughout facilities regarding hygiene, social distancing, proper PPE and more

Guidelines


Thank you to our partners

  • Arts Alliance Illinois
  • Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
  • Pitchfork Music Festival
  • See Chicago Dance
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • League of Chicago Theatres
  • African American Arts Alliance
  • CIVL
  • WTTW
  • Chicago Film Office
  • Navy Pier
  • Chicago Federation of Musicians
  • IATSE Local 2
  • Actors' Equity Association
  • Illinois Arts Council Agency
  • Chicago Architecture Center
  • United Center
  • Broadway in Chicago
  • Chicago Humanities Festival
  • Court Theatre
  • Goodman Theatre
  • Harris Theatre for Music and Dance
  • Lookingglass Theatre
  • Steppenwolf Theatre
  • Timeline Theatre
  • Victory Gardens Theatre
  • Writers' Theatre
  • ComedySportz
  • The Revival
  • iO
  • Annoyance
  • Second City
  • Theater Wit
  • Athenaeum Theatre
  • Stage 773
  • Den Theatre
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • The Renaissance Society
  • Swedish American Museum
  • Glessner House
  • The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
  • National Cambodian Heritage Museum
  • Chicago Cultural Alliance
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Stony Brook Arts Center
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • Smart Museum
  • DuSable Museum
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Newberry Library
  • Hull House
  • Classic Cinemas
  • National Association of Theatre Owners
  • Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
  • People’s Church of the Harvest COGIC
  • Apostolic Faith Church
  • Apostolic Church of God
  • Triedstone Baptist Church
  • Grace and Peace Church
  • Store House Church
  • Chicago Tabernacle Church
  • St. Sabina Catholic Church
  • Anshe Emet Congregation
  • Mishkan Chicago
  • The Council of Islamic Organizations
  • Inner City Muslim Action Network
  • IL Muslim Civic Coalition