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Capacity Expanded for Chicago Indoor Dining

Posted on February 16, 2021

The City of Chicago announced today that indoor service at bars, restaurants and events can expand to the lesser of 40% capacity or 50 people per room or floor effective immediately.

Restaurants & Bars

  • Can reopen indoors at lesser of 40% or 50 people per space.
  • Food must be available at all times in order to offer indoor service. Bars, taverns or breweries without a food license can reopen indoors as long as they partner with a food establishment (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services).
  • Maximum of six patrons at indoor or outdoor tables
  • Patrons can sit at bars, with six feet of social distancing between parties
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when patrons are seated and actively eating or drinking
  • Patrons must be seated whenever they are eating or drinking
  • Tables must be six feet apart
  • The sale of alcohol must end at 11:00 p.m., including alcohol sold for on-site consumption, delivery or carry out.

The easing of additional regulations, including the expansion to 50% capacity, will be possible if Chicago maintains at least the “Moderate-Risk” level in all four categories for at least two weeks. You can track the City’s progress on the reopening metrics at, and updated COVID-19 regulations can be found at

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