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Chicago Eases COVID-19 Regulations for Businesses

Posted on March 2, 2021

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) announced today the further easing of COVID-19 regulations for Chicago businesses due to sustained progress in all four reopening metrics, effective immediately.


Restaurants & Bars

  • Can reopen indoors at lesser of 50% or 50 people per space.
  • Food must be available at all times in order to offer indoor service. This means that bars, taverns or breweries without a food license can operate indoors as long as they partner with a food establishment so that food is available to patrons at all times (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
  • Bars, restaurants and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license must have all patrons off premises by 1:00 a.m.

Event Venues

  • Indoor events allowed at 50% capacity with no more than 50 individuals, while following indoor dining guidelines.
  • Indoor events can serve food or drinks, but indoor service guidelines must be followed:
    • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when patrons are seated and actively eating or drinking
    • Six people per table
    • Patrons must be seated whenever they are eating or drinking
    • Tables must be six feet apart

Health & Fitness

  • 50% capacity with no more than 50 people per space
  • Group classes allowed with no more than 20 individuals per group
  • Locker rooms and showers can remain open if strict and frequent cleaning measures are in place
  • Close ancillary accommodations, including saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms, where social distancing is not possible.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times.

Movie Theaters and Performance Venues

  • 50% capacity with no more than 50 people per space
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Retail Stores

  • All retail stores can operate at 50% capacity.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • Liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments with a Package Goods license must cease alcohol sales at 11:00 p.m.

Museums

  • Capacity limit of no more than 25% occupancy
  • Guided tours limited to 50 individuals per group
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Personal Services

  • Limit to 50 individuals or 50% capacity, whichever is fewer.
  • If a service requires the removal of face coverings (e.g., facials, beard trimmings) employee must wear both a mask and eye protection (e.g. face shield, protective glasses).
  • Physical, occupational and massage therapy allowed.

Places of Worship

  • Limit each indoor space to 50 individuals, while practicing social distancing, or 50% capacity (whichever is fewer).
  • Special events such as weddings, potlucks, and other community events are limited to 50% capacity with no more than 50 guests indoors and outdoors.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

The full reopening regulations in Chicago can be viewed at chicago.gov/reopening. To track Chicago’s progress on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, visit chi.gov/coviddash.

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