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Chicago Vaccination Requirement Effective January 3

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the City of Chicago has issued Public Health Order 2021-2, which requires certain establishments to verify that patrons are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Public Health Order will remain in effect until the City of Chicago is through this Omicron-driven surge and the risk of overwhelming hospital capacity has passed.


Effective Monday, January 3, 2022, the Chicago Vaccine Requirements will apply to the following public indoor places:


Indoor Dining

Establishments where food or beverages are served, including, but not limited to:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Fast food establishments
  • Coffee shops
  • Tasting rooms
  • Cafeterias
  • Food courts
  • Dining areas of grocery stores
  • Breweries
  • Wineries
  • Distilleries
  • Banquet halls
  • Hotel ballrooms

Indoor Fitness

Gyms and fitness venues, including, but not limited to:

  • Gyms
  • Recreation facilities
  • Fitness centers
  • Yoga, Pilates, cycling, barre, and dance studios
  • Hotel gyms
  • Boxing and kickboxing gyms
  • Fitness boot camps
  • Other facilities used for conducting indoor group fitness classes

Indoor Entertainment and Recreation

Indoor entertainment and recreation venues where food or beverages are served, including, but not limited to:

  • Movie theaters
  • Music and concert venues
  • Live performance venues
  • Adult entertainment venues
  • Commercial event and party venues
  • Sports arenas
  • Performing arts theaters
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Card rooms
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Play areas
  • Pool and billiard halls
  • Other recreational game centers

Proof of Vaccination Definitions

Proof of vaccination means:

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card reflecting the person’s name, vaccine brand, and date administered.
  • Official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered reflecting the person’s name, vaccine brand, and date administered.
  • A digital or physical photo of such a card or record, reflecting the person’s name, vaccine brand, and date administered.

Additional Requirements

Establishments will be required to develop and keep a written record describing the protocol for implementing and enforcing the vaccine requirement.

Also, establishments will be required to prominently post signage:

  • At each publicly accessible entrance to the covered location
  • At least one location inside the covered location that is conspicuously visible informing patrons of the vaccination requirement.

Click here for more information on Chicago’s Vaccine Requirement.

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