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Last updated on January 19 at 9:00 a.m. 

COVID-19

Tier 2 MITIGATION MEASURES

Effective January 18, the State of Illinois has determined that Chicago has made significant enough progress as a region in the fight against COVID-19 to move into Tier 2 Mitigation Measures. Under these Mitigation Measures, which are set by the state, the following regulations are in place:

Restaurants and Bars
  • No indoor service
  • Outdoor service allowed, including tables within eight feet of walls that are at least 50% open
  • Indoor events of 10 people or fewer can resume if food is served and only in locations that are designated and typically used for private events only (i.e. banquet halls within restaurants)
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times except when actively eating and drinking, tables must be six feet apart, and no more than six people per table
  • All bars and restaurants must close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day
Health and Fitness Centers
  • 25% capacity indoors
  • Group classes of 10 or fewer can resume under the 25% capacity restriction
  • Reservations are no longer required and locker rooms can reopen under capacity restrictions
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
Movie Theaters and Performance Venues
  • Can reopen indoors at 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
Retail Stores
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies can operate at 50% capacity, all other stores at 40% capacity
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
Museums
  • Can reopen indoors at 25% capacity
  • Guided tours limited to 50 people
  • Groups limited to 10 people
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
Personal Services
  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Face coverings can be removed only for services that require their removal
Indoor Recreation
  • Can reopen indoors at 25% capacity, with no more than 25 people in any one space
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
Places of Worship
  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Special events capped at no more than 10 people
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
Event Venues
  • Indoor and outdoor events can resume, with no more than 10 people
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times except when actively eating and drinking
The full reopening regulations in Chicago will be posted on the City’s website at chicago.gov/reopening.
Please note that Chicago was able to move to Tier 2 Mitigation Measures because the State of Illinois has removed the requirement that regions have greater than 20% capacity in medical/surgical beds. In order to move to Tier 1 Mitigation Measures, which would allow limited indoor dining at 25% capacity and no more than 25 people, Chicago will need to meet the following criteria:
  • A test positivity rate between 6.5 and 8% for three consecutive days as measured by the 7-day rolling average (currently NOT meeting this metric); AND
  • Greater than 20% percent available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 7-day rolling average (currently meeting this metric); AND
  • No sustained increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital in 7 out of the last 10 days, on a 7-day average (currently meeting this metric)
For a full overview of the statewide plan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, read the Restore Illinois Mitigation Plan here. You can follow Chicago’s continued progress in reaching the metrics that the state has set to continue reopening, please visit IDPH’s website here.

City of Chicago UNDER stay-at-home advisory

On January 10, the city extended the Stay-at-Home Advisory for Chicago through January 22. The advisory initially went into effect on November 16.  

This advisory calls on all Chicagoans to do the following:
  • Only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up take-out food, or receiving deliveries. If you do leave home, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others and wearing a face covering at all times.
  • Do not have gatherings in your home with anybody outside of your household (except for essential staff such as home health care workers or educators), even with trusted family or friends.
  • Avoid all non-essential, out-of-state travel; if travel is essential, quarantining or testing negative prior to travel is required, depending on which state a traveler is originating from.
  • Comply with City and State Orders, including wearing face coverings, limiting gatherings, and mandating early closure of non-essential businesses at 11 p.m.
  • Practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others if you go outside to get fresh air.
  • Use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family, especially on holidays such as Thanksgiving.
View the full advisory here.

Travelers from some states ordered to quarantine

Effective January 15, the Chicago Department of Public Health's Emergency Travel Order has been modified. Under the new system, states are categorized as Yellow or Orange.

Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter). Read the full breakdown of states here.

Latest data

Chicago Loop Alliance recommends consulting the following websites for the most up to date information regarding the virus:

COVID-19 resources from Chicago Loop Alliance:

COVID-19 TESTING IN THE LOOP

Testing for COVID-19 is available at Michigan Avenue Primary Care, 181 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1720. A video consultation with a provider to determine the appropriate test and timing is required. Testing is then by appointment. They offer both tests for active COVID infection, and IgG antibody testing for prior COVID infection. Information on statewide testing sites can be found here. Testing is also available at 170 W. Washington. Walk-up patients are welcome daily form 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Both rapid and RT-PCR tests are available. More information on testing can be found here

Sign up for emergency alert system for businesses

The city of Chicago is rolling out a new program to provide emergency alerts to businesses. Local business owners can text "CHIBIZ" to 67283 or visit chicago.gov/chibizalerts to opt in to get the alerts. Businesses will be asked to submit some details specific to their business so that the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Office of Emergency Management and Communication can send targeted alerts to specific areas of the city, as needed.

Transit updates

  • CTA
    View CTA updates here.
  • PACE
    View PACE updates here.
  • Metra
    View Metra updates here.
  • South Shore Line
    View South Shore Line updates here.
  • Divvy Bike Sharing 
    View Divvy Bike updates here.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS, CLOSURES, PROTESTS & RALLIES

Please be advised of large crowds and possible traffic interruptions. 

Tuesday, January 19 (4 p.m.)
National Vigil Honoring Those Killed by COVID-19

This group will assemble at Federal Plaza - 230 S. Dearborn St.

Tuesday, January 19 (4-5 p.m.)
Inauguration Eve: Demand REAL Change

This group will assemble at Federal Plaza - 230 S. Dearborn St.

Wednesday, January 20 (all day)
Select city building closures

City Hall (121 N. LaSalle) & Cook County Building (69 W. Washington) will be closed on Inauguration Day as a precaution for public safety.

Wednesday, January 20 (noon-4 p.m.)
America First – Biden’s Not My President Rally

This rally will take place at the Thompson Center - 100 W. Randolph.

Thursday, January 21 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
March for Reparations Chicago

This march will take place at City Hall Events - 825 N. Kinzie and travel to CBS News - 22 W. Washington.

Saturday, January 23 (noon-2:30 p.m.)
Chicago March for Life

This rally and car caravan will take place throughout downtown. It will begin at 825 N. Carpenter St. The group will begin their car procession at 1300 hours and conduct a caravan downtown. Final destination will be 9115 S. Cicero. Routes are unknown.

Monday, January 25 (5 p.m.)
World Says No to War on Yemen!

This rally will take place at Federal Plaza - 230 S. Dearborn. 

Tuesday, January 26 (noon)
Chicago Solidarity Protest for Farmers in India

This protest will take place at the Daley Center - 50 W. Washington.

Film Notices

There are currently no film notices. Check back periodically.