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Last updated on September 14 at 9:15 p.m.
President Biden outlines plan to combat COVID-19 and new variantsVaccinate the unvaccinated: Approximately 2/3 of adult workers in US will be under some sort of vaccine requirement
- All employers with 100 or more employees require employees be fully vaccinated or produce a weekly negative test. PTO must be offered for vaccination and post-vaccination recovery (through DOL and OSHA)
- All federal executive branch workers, including contractors, must be fully vaccinated without test-out option (through EO)
- All workers in most health care settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement must be fully vaccinated without test-out option (through CMS)
- Calls on large venues (ie: sports arenas, large concert halls) to require that their patrons be vaccinated or show a negative test for entry (not a mandate)
Other steps include protecting those already vaccinated, keeping schools open safely, increasing testing and masking requirements, protecting the country's economic recovery, and improving healthcare protocols for those being treated for COVID-19. Learn more here.
City of Chicago mandates masks in all indoor settingsBeginning Friday, August 20, CDPH requires that everyone 2+ wear masks in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status, including:
- bars and restaurants
- common areas of condos and multi-residential buildings, and private clubs.
Similar to previous mask mandates, masks can be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating and drinking. Masks can also be removed for certain activities that require their removal, such as beard shaves or facials. Additionally, masks can be removed by employees in settings that are not open to the public, if employees are static and maintaining at least six feet from all other individuals (office cubicles, for example). Masking remains optional in outdoor settings, where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower. Learn more here.
City of Chicago enters Phase 5 alongside State of Illinois, fully reopening
On June 11, the City of Chicago entered Phase 5 with the rest of the State of Illinois. Capacity restrictions are now lifted at all businesses. As of August 20, all people will still need to wear masks in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and how to get yours here.
On May 13, Chicago expanded Phase 2 of its vaccine rollout, now allowing all Chicagoans 12 and older to be vaccinated. Find more information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago here.
Travel guidance from the City of Chicago
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. 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.
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.
TRAFFIC IMPACTS, CLOSURES, PROTESTS & RALLIES
The DuSable LSD Bridge is closed Wed 9/15 10a-2p due to maintenance; Detour NB via Monroe, Columbus, Grand & SB via Grand, Columbus.
There are currently no traffic impacts. Check back periodically.
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