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Last updated on november 23 at 4 p.m.
Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations
The State of Illinois imposed new mitigation measures that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 20. These restrictions are the most up to date and take precedence over the industry-specific guidelines if there are points of contradiction. Learn more about current restrictions and industry guidelines for the City of Chicago here.
View all up-to-date Phase IV capacity guidelines for the City of Chicago here.
The following industries or activities are closed indoors:
- Restaurants & Bars, Movie Theaters, Performance Venues, Museums, Group Sports & Recreational Activities
- Meeting Rooms, Banquet Centers, Private Party Rooms, Private Clubs, Country Clubs, and other Event Venues may not host gatherings indoors or outdoors
The following industries or activities may continue operating under the following regulations:
- Bars and Restaurants: Outdoor service, take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery can continue. Reservations required for outdoor service. Private event spaces must be closed
- Retail stores: 25% capacity
- Grocery Stores and Pharmacies: 50% capacity (note: big box stores that sell a combination of general retail, groceries and/or pharmacies among other goods must operate at 25% capacity)
- Places of worship: Limit each indoor space to 50 individuals, while practicing social distancing, or 25% capacity (whichever is fewer). However, special events such as weddings, potlucks, and other community events can have no more than 10 people. It is also recommended that regular services operate at no more than 10 individuals, when possible. Funerals are limited to 10 family members of the decedent, not including staff
- Health and Fitness Centers: 25% indoor capacity; indoor group classes must cease; outdoor activities allowed at 25% capacity with group activities limited to 10 people or fewer; locker room areas, including saunas and steam rooms, should be closed.
- Personal Services: Limit to 25 individuals or 25% capacity, whichever is fewer. Services that require the removal of face coverings must cease. Physical, occupational, and massage therapy allowed as deemed necessary by a medical provider
- Outdoor Activities: Outdoor museums, performance venues and other outdoor activities can continue at 25% capacity. Group sizes are limited to 10 people or less, with total capacity limited to 100 people, while social distancing. Reservations required for each guest.
- Out-of-School Programs: Indoor group exercise or fitness classes must cease (e.g., dance, yoga). Programs in which participants are primarily seated/stationery may continue in cohorts of up to 15 people (e.g., painting, creative writing, homework help).
Non-essential businesses must be closed to the public between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- Impact on liquor sales:
- Bars, restaurants and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license can sell alcohol on-site or to-go until 11 p.m.
- Liquor stores, grocery stores, and other establishments with a Package Goods license must still cease alcohol sales at 9 p.m.
- Restaurants may continue to sell food via delivery, takeout, or curbside pickup at all hours
City of Chicago UNDER stay-at-home advisory
- 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.
Travelers from some states ordered to quarantine
The Chicago Department of Public Health has issued a modified Emergency Travel Order. Under the new system, states will be placed in three categories – red, orange, and yellow – based on the status of the outbreak in the states and how the data compares to the situation in Chicago.
Anyone traveling from a state on the Yellow list is advised to maintain strict masking and social distancing. 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 14-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter). Anyone traveling from a state on the Red list must quarantine for a 14-day period or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter. Read the full breakdown of states here.
Chicago Loop Alliance recommends consulting the following websites for the most up to date information regarding the virus:
- City of Chicago Department of Public Health COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control COVID-19
- World Health Organization COVID-19
COVID-19 resources from Chicago Loop Alliance:
- What's open in the Loop?
- Back to Work toolkit
- Resources for economic assistance
- Resources for the unemployed during COVID-19
- How to help the homeless
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.
PROTESTS, RALLIES & TRAFFIC IMPACTS
Please be advised of large crowds and possible traffic interruptions.
Friday, November 27 (5 p.m.)
BLM March & Rally: No Black Friday & Defund the Police
This group will assemble at Millennium Park at the Bean.
Saturday, November 28 (noon)
Albanian Independence Day Parade
This parade will take place in an undisclosed location.
Monday, November 30 (noon-1 p.m.)
Cyber Monday Protest of Amazon for Community, Workers and Environmental Justice
This protest will take place at AT&T Center - 227 W. Monroe St.
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.
View CTA updates here.
PACEView PACE updates here.
View Metra updates here.
- South Shore Line
View South Shore Line updates here.
- Divvy Bike Sharing
View Divvy Bike updates here.
There are currently no film notices. Check back periodically for updates.
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