Chicago Stay at Home Order Frequently Asked Questions

Updated as of 5/01/2020

On Thursday, April 23, Governor Pritzker announced an extension of the Illinois Stay at Home Order until the end of May. Under this extension, there are important modifications to the Stay at Home Order that will come into effect on May 1 and extend through the end of the month. While the Stay at Home Order applies to all individuals currently living within the State of Illinois, local municipalities and cities are permitted to enact stricter provisions than those in the Executive Order.

Below you will find answers to common questions businesses and workers may have regarding the modified Stay at Home Order and how it applies to Chicago.

THE BASICS

To ensure the protection of all residents during this unprecedented pandemic, the State of Illinois issued a statewide order for Illinois residents to stay at home.  The Order requires all residents to stay home, unless traveling for essential needs, and requires businesses not engaged in essential activities to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations.

The Order is effective as of Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5pm CST.

The initial Executive Order issued by the Governor was set to expire on April 7th, but on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Governor Pritzker extended the Stay at Home Order until April 30, 2020. On Thursday, April 23, Governor Pritzker announced an extension of the Illinois Stay at Home Order until the end of May. Under this extension, there are important modifications to the Stay at Home Order that will come into effect on May 1 and extend through the end of the month.

We know that there will be a lot of questions and concerns; this is a significant action taken to protect public health. Please be mindful of your neighbors and act with decency in your communities.  Together, we will get through this, and our community’s health will be protected.

This is a critical intervention to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019/COVID-19.  This action is part of the City’s and State’s exhaustive response to the COVID-19, which is intended to keep the public safe, contain the spread of the virus, and provide relief to the healthcare system.  

While this news may feel alarming, it is a necessary action to prevent a worsening situation. The patterns of the virus around the world, and in our own state and city, tell us that moving right now to maximize social distancing and restrict people from gathering is the best way to fight the virus and save lives. 

The Order will remain in place until the Disaster Proclamation issued by the Governor expires, which has been extended to May 30.  The Order is effective as of Friday, May 1, 2020.

The City of Chicago and the State if Illinois will be closely monitoring the situation every day in order to determine what adjustments make sense.

The Governor’s Executive Order includes the entire state. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you should stay home.

This Order is mandatory.  To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Illinois and protect our friends, neighbors, and vulnerable populations, please stay home.

Adhering to the Order will save lives – and it is the responsibility of every Chicagoan to do their part to help.  The City is counting on residents to exercise good judgment and common sense when deciding to leave their residence.  Law enforcement will not stop residents who are on their way to and from work or who are out for necessities like going to the pharmacy or getting groceries, but this Order remains a legal requirement for all Chicagoans.  Chicagoans should abstain from all non-essential activities.  Adhering to the Order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every Chicagoan to do their part.  

The Order does not require you to remain at home if you live in an unsafe environment.  If it is not safe for you to remain home, please reach out so we can help.

The City’s Domestic Violence Help Line is a 24-hour, toll-free confidential number that functions as a clearinghouse for domestic violence services and information. You are encouraged to contact the Help Line at:

You may also contact local law enforcement. 

Additionally, the Order encourages resident to shelter in a location other than your primary residence—including a hotel or shelter—if your primary residence is unsafe.

Social distancing is an important first step in preventing the spread of a disease like COVID-19 that allows people to go about their daily activities while taking extra health and safety precautions. Social distancing requirements in the Order call for residents to maintain a distance of at least six feet  from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands) regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.

The Stay at Home Order requires people to remain in their homes unless they have an essential job or are doing an essential task like going to the grocery store or walking a pet.

WHAT CAN I DO? WHAT CAN’T I DO?

All essential services will remain open, including:

  • Animal Grooming Services (Effective May 1)
  • Emergency City services and other essential government services 
  • Hospitals, healthcare and public health operations
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, corner stores, and all other stores that sell groceries and medicine
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants for consumption off-premises
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation, including bike shops
  • Greenhouses, Garden Centers and Nurseries (Effective May 1)
  • Transportation, for purposes of Essential Travel
  • Financial institutions
  • Day care centers for employees exempted by this Executive Order (see Executive Order for more information)
  • Hardware and supply stores
  • Essential Infrastructure:Working in food production, distribution and sale; construction; building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical; distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video, and telecommunications systems
  • Food, beverage and cannabis production and agriculture
  • Organizations that provide charitable and social services
  • Media
  • Critical trades, including: plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers that maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations
  • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
  • Educational institutions, for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions
  • Supplies to work from home
  • Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
  • Home-based care and services
  • Residential facilities and shelters
  • Religious gatherings are permitted if they are limited to 10 people and adhere to social distancing guidelines (Effective May 1)
  • Professional services
  • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
  • Critical labor union functions
  • Hotels and motels,to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services
  • Funeral services

 

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Golf courses
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Hair and nail salons
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys, concert and music halls
  • Playgrounds and fieldhouses
  • Lakefront, including adjacent trails, green spaces and park facilities
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Country clubs and social clubs

Yes, grocery delivery will be available as well as meal-delivery, drive through, and take-out options.

Staying in home can be difficult, and many people may want to get fresh air and exercise.  The Order allows “outdoor activity,” which includes walking, running, and biking.  But the Order also bans gatherings of 10 or more people, as well as people being outdoors without observing social distancing, which means that close-contact groups supports, such as basketball, soccer, and touch football are prohibited.

The Lakefront Trail, as well as all other parks, beaches, and paths that are adjacent to the Lakefront, are closed.  Additionally, the Chicago Riverwalk and the Bloomingdale Trail (the 606) are closed.  These restrictions are meant to avoid congregations of people, who are more likely to transmit coronavirus

All Chicago Library branches will close in the City of Chicago effective March 21 at 12 noon. All DFSS administered Senior Centers at non-Park District locations will remain open for one more week to provide pick-up meals, closing by March 27. 

With the exception of playgrounds, the City's public parks and outdoor recreation areas are open for use by the general public during regular operating hours, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements.  Chicago Park District fieldhouses are currently closed until further notice.

On March 26, the City of Chicago also closed Chicago's Lakefront and adjacent trails and parks, Riverwalk and 606 Trail to the public until further notice.

The City of Chicago’s essential emergency and support services will continue to be fully staffed and operational during this crisis, including: the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, 911, 311 call center, Public Health, Sanitation, Water, CTA, airports, and other emergency responders and essential support staff. 

CPS will continue to provide packages of food to families in need.  CPS will offer free packages of food that contain three days-worth of meals for every child in a household. Dedicated CPS staff are supporting this effort in our schools, food can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. every weekday during the Stay at Home Order at the CPS location nearest to each student.

The City’s Senior Centers, Public Libraries, Community Centers, Park District locations including facilities and parks, and other city services and locations may be closed during this time.  All Chicago Library branches will close in the City of Chicago effective March 21 at 12 noon. All DFSS administered Senior Centers at non-Park District locations will remain open for one more week to provide pick-up meals, closing by March 27. 

With the exception of playgrounds, the City's public parks and outdoor recreation areas are open for use by the general public during regular operating hours, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements.  Chicago Park District fieldhouses are currently closed until further notice.  On March 26, the City of Chicago also closed Chicago's Lakefront and adjacent trails and parks, Riverwalk and 606 Trail to the public until further notice.

The City of Chicago’s essential emergency and support services will continue to be fully staffed and operational during this crisis, including: the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, 911, 311 call center, Public Health, Sanitation, Water, CTA, airports, and other emergency responders and essential support staff. 

 

CPS will continue to provide packages of food to students in need.

No, the roads will not be closed in Illinois, but you should only travel if it is essential to your work or health.

Yes, public transportation is vitally important for our health care workers and first responders. These workers depend on public transportation to get to work, so it will continue to operate.

Other private transportation providers such as ridesharing, taxis, and Divvy will continue to operate.  These should be used for essential travel only. When possible, walk or drive yourself. 

Planes and any other form of travel should only be used for essential purposes.

For your safety, as well as the safety of those in your community, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Be sure to practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets. Additionally, if you are engaged in an Essential Activity otherwise permitted under the Order, you can use other services for your pet, such as a dog-walking service or pet lodging.

With the exception of playgrounds, the City's public parks and outdoor recreation areas are open for use by the general public during regular operating hours, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements.  Chicago Park District fieldhouses and playgrounds are currently closed until further notice.

Families will still be able to go outside and take a walk but should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people.

Religious gatherings are permitted if they are limited to 10 people and adhere to social distancing guidelines (Effective May 1)

 

Funerals are still permitted under the Order, as long as the event follows the following guidelines:

  • No gathering may exceed ten people;
  • Individuals who attend must maintain six feet of distance from others, use hand sanitizer, and avoid shaking hands or making other contact; and
  • Pursuant to the guidance of the Illinois Department of Health, viewings should only be conducted on bodies that have been embalmed.

Yes. Outdoor exercise like running or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.

Yes. CPS will continue to provide packages of food to families in need.  CPS will offer free packages of food that contain three days-worth of meals for every child in a household. Dedicated CPS staff are supporting this effort in our schools.  Food can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. every weekday during the Stay at Home Order at the CPS location nearest to each student.   Any changes made to the food distribution plan will be posted on the CPS website: https://cps.edu/oshw/Pages/HealthyCPS.aspx

 

However, if you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should stay at home and follow the guidelines provided by your physician.

Yes.  Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses that will remain open.  However, if you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should stay at home and follow the guidelines provided by your physician.

No.  Traveling back-and-forth to a vacation home is not Essential Travel.

Boating is a recreational activity in which groups of people are gathered in small spaces. This is not an essential activity under the Executive Order. Only Minimum Basic Operations will be permitted at boatyards and marinas.

Pursuant to the modified Stay at Home Order, all Chicago residents and visitors over the age of two will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can't maintain a six-foot social distance. Additionally, face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores.

As part of the City's efforts to ensure residents have access to cloth masks, the City will partner with diverse local vendors to create and distribute one million reusable cloth masks. As part of this effort, a total of 250,000 will be distributed to Aldermanic offices over the coming weeks to provide to their constituents and an additional 750,000 reusable cloth masks will be provided to vulnerable populations this month through our Racial Equity Rapid Response Team.

The Chicago Department of Public Health has included the CDC Guidelines on How to Make a Cloth Mask at chicago.gov/coronavirus. Masks can be made from recycled cloth such as t-shirts, bandanas, jeans, thick cotton and other breathable fabrics.

Recognizing that Chicago still has further to go to bring down the curve, golfing is not yet permitted in Chicago.

Fishing and boating in Chicago will not be permitted by any individuals throughout the month of May. However, individuals may access their boats for maintenance and de-winterization, consistent with the guidance of the Chicago Park District.

INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES AND WORKERS

The following is a list of the types of businesses that are able to stay open:

  • Animal Grooming Services (Effective May 1)
  • Emergency City servicesand other essential government services 
  • Hospitals, healthcare and public health operations
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, corner stores, and all other stores that sell groceries and medicine
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants for consumption off-premises
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation, including bike shops
  • Greenhouses, Garden Centers and Nurseries (Effective May 1)
  • Transportation, for purposes of Essential Travel
  • Financial institutions
  • Day care centers for employees exempted by this Executive Order
  • Hardware and supply stores
  • Essential Infrastructure:Working in food production, distribution and sale; construction; building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical; distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video, and telecommunications systems
  • Food, beverage and cannabis production and agriculture
  • Organizations that provide charitable and social services
  • Media
  • Critical trades, including: plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers that maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations
  • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
  • Educational institutions, for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions
  • Supplies to work from home
  • Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
  • Home-based care and services
  • Residential facilities and shelters
  • Professional services
  • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
  • Critical labor union functions
  • Hotels and motels,to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services
  • Funeral services

Unless your work is an essential function (i.e. healthcare provider, grocery store clerk, first responder), you should stay home. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing. Employees should communicate directly with their employers.

Law enforcement officials will not stop residents who are on their way to or from work or who are out for necessities like going to the pharmacy or getting groceries. Illinoisans should abstain from all nonessential activities. Adhering to the Order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every Illinoisan to do their part.

No.  The purpose of the Order is to limit all non-essential travel and activities, and your business should interpret the Order with that goal in mind.  The Order does not permit non-essential businesses like beauty shops or clothing retailers to maintain operations if they begin to sell essential products.

Employees should only be expected to travel to work at an essential business, or to support the minimum basic operations or a non-essential business. Minimum basic operations include the activities necessary to allow for employees to work from home and to maintain facilities, inventory and payroll. Employees who believe they are called to work in violation of this Order should submit complaints to 3-1-1. 

The City of Chicago is committed to easing the pressure that many businesses are facing due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Mayor Lightfoot announced a new $100 million economic relief package to help small businesses that are experiencing a temporary loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

To further provide relief for businesses over the coming weeks, the City is also extending due dates for tax payments until April 30, 2020 for the following City taxes:

  • Bottled Water tax
  • Checkout Bag tax
  • Amusement tax
  • Hotel Accommodation tax
  • Restaurant tax
  • Parking tax

Yes. Maintaining inventory is considered a Minimum Basic Operation that non-essential businesses can continue to perform. However, non-essential businesses are not permitted to have in-store pickup. The inventory must be taken to the post office or otherwise shipped. The business cannot deliver the product to the purchaser’s home.

Effective May 1st, all businesses are required to take the following steps:

  • Provide employees with face coverings
  • Require that employees wear face coverings in circumstances where they are unable to maintain a six-foot distance at all times
  • Where work circumstances require it, provide additional Personal Protective Equipment
  • Evaluate whether employees are able to work from home

This applies to all essential businesses and non-essential businesses that are engaged in minimum basic operations. These requirements are in addition to existing requirements to designate six-foot distances, have hand sanitizer and sanitizing products available, designate separate operating hours for vulnerable populations, and post online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility.

Beginning May 1st, retail stores in Chicago that are not designated as essential may re-open to fulfill online or telephone orders. These orders must be completed through pick-up outside of the store or through delivery. All non-essential businesses engaged in minimum basic activities such as these must follow the social distancing requirements outlined in the Stay at Home Order.

Additionally, all retail businesses are required to take the following steps beginning on May 1st:

  • Cap occupancy at 50 percent of store capacity or occupancy limits
  • Set up store aisles to be one-way where practicable
  • Communicate with customers through in-store signage, public service announcements and advertisements about the social distancing requirements
  • Discontinue use of reusable bags

In addition to the requirements outlined in the Stay at Home Order, all manufacturing businesses are required to take the following steps beginning on May 1st:

  • providing face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain a minimum six-foot social distance at all times;
  • staggering shifts;
  • reducing line speeds;
  • operating only essential lines, while shutting down non-essential lines;
  • ensuring that all spaces where employees may gather, including locker rooms and lunchrooms, allow for social distancing; and
  • downsizing operations to the extent necessary to allow for social distancing and to provide a safe workplace in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
ENFORCEMENT

This order is mandatory to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Illinois and the City of Chicago and to protect our friends, neighbors, and vulnerable populations.  All residents should stay home except for essential travel.

Staying homes is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our City of Chicago.  The Illinois State Police is working with the Chicago Police Department to enforce this Order. 

Adhering to the Order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every Chicagoan to do their part. 

The State of Illinois issued this Order under the powers it holds to respond to a public emergency, and it is a legal requirement that individuals stay at home and non-essential businesses reduce their operations.  The City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department will assist in enforcing this Order, but we are counting on the good judgment of residents in deciding when to go out – the intention of this Order is not penalize individuals but to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. 

No. The Illinois National Guard will be supporting logistics, transportation, and medical response efforts. The Guard will not be enforcing this order.

We trust Chicagoans will exercise good judgment and common sense, recognizing that the Order is a key step in stopping a lethal pandemic. While the Order is in effect, you may see people going about their regular business – taking the train to work, purchasing groceries, or going for a run.  All these activities may be permitted under the Order, and none of them, by itself, is a reason to suspect that the person is violating the Order.  You should only contact the City if you encounter large groups or if you see something that no one should be doing under the Order.

FOOD SECURITY

Chicagoans can be confident that our food supply is robust and that our distribution system will continue to operate and remain responsive to the needs of the City.  Rest assured, we have plenty of food that will continue to reach grocery stores on a regular basis.  We encourage residents to practice normal grocery buying habits. 

Related to sourcing of food for the traditional emergency food network (community pantries and food access programs), the Greater Chicago Food Depository is actively receiving food, through its donation and vendor channels to supply its network of food pantries and other nonprofit distributions. The Food Depository can meet the current need of individuals who are food insecure. We continue to monitor utilization of emergency food services by the community and all food access channels are being monitored for possible disruption of access.   

The Greater Chicago Food Depository’s network of community partners and programs remains open, with some exceptions. Anyone who is struggling to afford food can find a food pantry or mobile distribution near them by visiting https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/find-food/ We recommend calling before you go to confirm hours of operation.

The Food Depository’s benefits outreach team is also available to help people apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Their Benefits Hotline is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: 773-843-5416 or you can apply directly with the Illinois Department of Human Services at abe.illinois.gov.

If residents have physical challenges accessing food, especially those who cannot leave their home due to age, disability or quarantine, they should call 311

Federal legislation signed into law this week includes provisions to ensure that families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) have adequate resources to purchase food. Under this legislation, Illinois may seek approval to provide increased benefits to SNAP households with school aged children who are not receiving school meals because schools are closed. Illinois may also seek approval to provide temporary, emergency benefits up to the maximum monthly allotment so recipients can stock up at the grocery store before any quarantine.

CHILDCARE SERVICES

License-exempt child care centers, license-exempt child care homes, and Emergency Child Care Centers serving essential workers will be the only child care centers allowed to operate during the COVID-19 state of emergency.  

We recommend reaching out to childcare facilities directly to check service availability and hours of operation. For a list of providers offering emergency care, essential workers can utilize the following link.

https://emergencycare.inccrra.org or call the Chicago Early Learning hotline at (312) 229-1690.  

Additionally, Mayor Lightfoot announced a new initiative with Sittercity, America’s first online resource for in-home care, to help Chicago’s most essential workforce – healthcare workers, first responders and the team who support them. 

Sittercity will provide three free months of the Sittercity Premium service and will connect those on the frontlines of fighting this crisis with volunteers to help care for their families during this time.  Sittercity provides tools to help families build a childcare support network with detailed profiles, secure messaging, interview scheduling and background check options.

Essential workers can visit sittercity.com/chicagoresponds to find reliable childcare. 

Mayor Lightfoot recently announced a new initiative with Sittercity, America’s first online resource for in-home care, to help Chicago’s most essential workforce – healthcare workers, first responders and the team who support them.  This new initiative offers a way for thousands of Chicagoans who dedicate their lives to caring for children and who are unable to work while their primary workplaces are closed to pitch in. 

Individuals interested in volunteering can register on sittercity.com/chicagoresponds.  Care seekers simply post a job to the platform detailing their needs - including dates, times, and the number and age of children. The job post is shared with available caregivers in the area who can choose to apply.

SENIOR SERVICES

All DFSS administered Senior Centers are closed effective March 27. 

Vulnerable, homebound seniors aged 60+ will receive home-delivered meals instead of box lunches. Meals will be home-delivered instead of provided on site and information and guidance about public benefits and assistance now will be provided over the phone at 312-744-4016.  Seniors who find themselves in need of such supports can call that number any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Home delivered meals will continue to be provided to the seniors over 60 that DFSS serves. 

The State monitors nursing homes through the Illinois Department of Aging. The Department’s Senior HelpLine is toll-free at 1-800-252-8966, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY), or can be reached via email, aging.ilsenior@illinois.gov. More guidance and information on long-term care facilities from the State of Illinois can be found here: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus/long-term-care-guidance

HOMELESS SERVICES

The City of Chicago and DFSS are partnering with social services organizations to build on the City’s emergency shelter network in efforts to ensure social-distancing, access to food and safe accommodations for residents experiencing homeless An agreement with the YMCA of Metro Chicago to house 400 beds across three local Y locations was the first step in a series of partnerships to build the network. An expanded partnership with the Salvation Army has been finalized and includes 265 beds across two local Salvation Army facilities. This emergency response effort complements the City’s existing network of shelters and expands citywide shelter bed capacity to nearly 3,000. 

Residents can make a request for shelter by calling City Services at 311. Shelter beds are available for families, youth and single individuals.

The protocol for homeless individuals in shelters is the same.  The individual or shelter employee should call a hospital or doctor, advise them of symptoms and wait for direction.

For an encampment/unsheltered person, call 911 and asked to be connected.  Or tell an outreach worker about their symptoms. 

DFSS has been working directly with partners to advise them on how to institute this practice.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

The vast majority of the City’s mental health services are delivered by telephone, with the exception of services for patients who need injectable medication or for patients who have unique vulnerabilities or clinical needs that require an in-person visit.  If there is a walk-in client at any of the city’s Mental Health centers, a clinician will perform assessments for suicidality or potential hospitalization, and then set up phone sessions thereafter.  

At present, all five CDPH Mental Health Centers remain open with adequate on-site staffing.  If staffing needs were to change, it is possible that sites would need to consolidate down to a smaller number for on-site services while continuing to offer telephonic services.  The following mental health centers run by CDPH all currently offer telephonic therapy, telephonic psychiatry, in-person services for injections and case-by-case special needs from 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday:


Englewood Mental Health Center
641 W. 63rd Street
Phone: 312.747.7496

Greater Grand Mental Health Center
4150 West 55th Street
Phone: 312.747.1020

Greater Lawn Mental Health Center
4314 S Cottage Grove
Phone: 312.747.0036

Lawndale Mental Health Center

1201 S Campbell Street
Phone: 312.746.5905

North River Mental Health Center
5801 North Pulaski Road
Phone: 312.744.1906

DISABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) will continue with essential services, by phone remotely. With the exception of school-based substance abuse programs, non-exterior work through the HomeMod programs, and trainings, MOPD is continuing all other basic services virtually. Residents with disabilities in need of services may contact 312.746.5773 or MOPDinfo@cityofchicago.org.

EDUCATION SERVICES

CPS remote learning began on April 13th. CPS has prepared standards-aligned activities to support student learning while schools are closed due to COVID-19. These Remote Learning Packets include a range of projects that students can work on independently or with help from an adult. All remote learning packets can be accessed online at cps.edu/remotelearningpackets. Those who are unable to print the materials or use them digitally, can pick up a printed packet from the nearest CPS grab-and-go meal site. Parents who need technical support can go to the online Parent Tech Support Portal any time to submit a service request or call the CPS Parent Tech Support Hotline at 773-417-1060, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm.

To learn more visit: https://cps.edu/oshw/Pages/HealthyCPS.aspx

In response to the new modified Stay at Home Order, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is currently establishing procedures for pick-up of necessary supplies or student belongings. Students should contact their local universities for details regarding dormitory move-outs.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES / BUSINESS-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE

Earlier this week, Mayor Lightfoot announced new temporary workforce policies that will protect City workers and workplaces while maintaining the continuity of essential city services. These new temporary policies permit all eligible employees, as authorized by their departments, to telework from home.

Yes.  The Order exempts Essential Businesses that provide “home-based care” and “in-home services.”  A dog-walking service falls under this definition, particularly if a person needs assistance walking their dog for mobility reasons or because the person is a healthcare worker or otherwise engaged in an Essential Business.  In conducting the business, everyone involved should take steps to observe social distancing requirements.

Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order is designed to allow our City’s safety net services to continue operating. If you provide human services, direct medical or mental health services, food access, casework or legal support for benefits access, support ​to people experiencing violence, shelter and residential care, or other critical support for those in our community who are struggling, the Order allows you to keep your doors open.   Organizations that continue to operate should follow public health guideline, including practicing social distancing , washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands) regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands. All sick employees are mandated to stay home.

No.  Bars that possess consumption on premises incidental activity license, or a tavern license may continue to sell prepackaged alcohol via carryout, curbside, or delivery services.

No. Companies that only sell these products do not fall within Section 12(a) of the Executive Order and must temporarily cease operations apart from “Minimum Basic Operations.”

Yes. Kennels, including short-term “doggie daycares,” are deemed essential under Section 12(b) of the Executive Order.

Pet grooming is an essential business.

Most retailers, such as gift shops, clothing stores and furniture stores, must close under the Order. However, there are exceptions.  Businesses that sell groceries, pet supplies, medicine, cleaning and personal care products, automobile supplies, bicycles, hardware, or products that people need to work from home may remain open.  Businesses that provide supplies to Essential Businesses and Operations (such as healthcare providers or infrastructure companies) may also continue to operate. In addition, retail stores can continue minimum basic operations, which includes maintaining inventory.  This can include an individual coming into the business to pack online orders and prepare them for distribution, but it does not include bringing in new inventory, opening the business to customers, or taking other steps beyond the narrow scope of the minimum steps necessary to maintain business operations.

Stores that sell primarily cosmetics and beauty supplies are not considered essential under the Executive Order.

Pursuant to the Stay at Home Order, construction is deemed an essential infrastructure exception. Construction projects may continue as long as management and workers comply with social distancing requirements, which include maintaining a distance of at least six feet  from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.  The Department of Buildings is working closely with the Chicago Department of Health and Chicago's construction industry to ensure construction companies are taking appropriate precautions to protect their workers. Many construction projects have implemented more stringent infection control measures, and if so, those should continue as well.

 

The Department of Buildings continues to process permits and will be available to answer questions and assist companies in any way possible.  To learn more about the Department of Buildings process at this time, visit this page.

No. In-person personal training is not considered an essential business under the Executive Order.

No. Recreational sports businesses, including public and private golf courses, are not considered essential businesses under the Executive Order.

Car dealerships can remain open for repair services. They can also remain open for car sales on an appointment-only basis. Showrooms must remain closed.

Yes. Many landscape projects will fit under an exemption such as construction, agriculture, or public works. Outdoor landscape projects generally provide for good social distancing and pose little risk of COVID-19 transmission, but it still is important to ensure that workers have the ability to wash or sanitize their hands and to take other precautions.

Exterior automated car washes, both free-standing and those connected with a gas station, are permissible. Full-service car washes are not permissible. Interior cleaning is prohibited. Self-service vacuums are also prohibited.

Yes. Moving and relocation services fall under Section 12(h) of the Executive Order.

Yes. Bicycle shops are deemed essential under Section 12(e) of the Executive Order.

 

 Yes. Building security systems contractors are deemed critical trades under Section 12(h) of the Executive Order that ensure the safety of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations. 

Yes. Section 12(h) of the Executive Order provides that "security staff" is a critical trade and an essential business and operation that may continue to operate and is not subject to the stay-at-home directive. Private detectives, private detective PERCs, private alarm contractors, private alarm contractor PERCs, private security contractors, private security contractor PERCs, fingerprint vendors, and canine handlers fall within this category.

 

It depends. Open houses are not permitted. Showings of occupied rental properties are not permitted. Showings of vacant or owner-occupied units are permitted if necessary and scheduled in advance (virtual showings are preferred) but limited to no more than 4 people. For additional guidance for Real Estate Licensees, click here.

Generally, no. Campgrounds and RV parks (Kampgrounds of America) are considered recreational activities and are not essential. However, if a campground or RV park is a person’s primary residence, then the campground or RV park can remain open for use by such person. 

Yes. Power washing businesses are considered essential to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Business and Operations.

No. Window washing for purely an aesthetic purpose is not an essential operation.

Yes. Chiropractors provide health care services within the meaning of Section 7 of the Executive Order (Healthcare and Public Health Operations).

No, unless the massage treatment is being performed pursuant to a physician’s order.