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Last updated on January 30 at 1:43 P.m.
POTENTIAL TRAFFIC IMPACTS
Protests and Street Closures
Monday, January 30 (6 P.M.)
219 S. Dearborn
Protests regarding Tyre Nichols case
A protest scheduled for tonight at 6:00p.m. at 219 S. Dearborn at Federal Plaza. The group will assemble regarding their campaign "Emergency Action! Justice for Tyre Nichols, Manuel "Tortuguita" and Keenan Anderson!"
The Chicago Police Department will have numerous extra resources deployed to the Central Business District, and they are anticipating a peaceful protest.
October 2022 - late 2023
State and Lake CTA Station Replacement Project
CDOT, the Alderman’s office, and the Chicago Loop Alliance are committed to keeping stakeholders as informed as possible as advance utility relocation work continues. Work status updates are below. If your business or building’s utility service(s) are affected by the ongoing work, the utility company will contact you directly.
Work is winding down for the winter central business district work moratorium. Peoples Gas’ building service transfers and old main decommissioning will be complete next week, with backfilling and patching of pavements continuing 1-2 weeks thereafter.
Construction will pause for the month of December.
Work will restart approximately January 2, 2023, with work by CenTrio on Lake St and Telecoms on Lake St and State St. ComEd work on Wabash Ave and State St will likely start sometime in January, but the exact schedule is still being determined.
- Peoples Gas work on State St is mostly complete. Minor work will continue for another 1-2 weeks.
- Telecom work on State St will temporarily stop on October 31, but will restart soon thereafter and continue through late November.
- At least 1 lane in each direction will remain open at all times.
- There will not be work on State St this weekend to allow for the Arts in the Dark parade.
- Peoples Gas work on Lake St continues, with building service transfers occurring during the next few weeks. Work west of State St will finish in the next 1-2 weeks, and work between State and Wabash will continue through late November with some minor work and service transfers thereafter. This service transfer process and old main decommissioning will require limited work on nearby streets.
- CenTrio’s relocations on Lake St, which are just west of State and midblock between State and Wabash, will start in early to mid-November and finish approximately 3 weeks later.
- Telecom work on Lake St, between just west of State and midblock between State and Wabash, will also occur in November and may continue into December.
- The exact schedule for ComEd’s work is not yet known, but it will not start before mid-November. The start may be in January or later.
- At least 1 lane on Lake St will be open at all times.
- The exact schedule for ComEd’s work is not yet known, but it will not start before mid-November. The start may be in January or later. This work will last for a number of months once it starts.
State St and Lake St work will occur in 2022 and continue into 2023. Work on Wabash will not start until 2023. Work in 2022 will extend until at least November 18, but may continue beyond that date depending on progress achieved. The date of work restart in 2023 is largely weather dependent but will be between January and April.
At least 1 lane of traffic will remain open (1 lane each direction on State St) at all times, but other driving and parking lanes may be closed. Construction equipment and materials will be stored on the street, including during time periods between active work. Work will primarily occur 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays, but there will be limited work during nights. Utility companies are aware of and required to abide by the Chicago noise ordinance, which limits noisy work in overnight hours.
Early June 2022 - June 2023
Dearborn Bridge construction
CDOT is scheduling emergency work on the Dearborn Bridge. They will be conducting the following work:
- Replacing both sidewalks
- Replacing all of the bridge grating
- Replacing the beam structures
The project is expected to begin in early June and will last 12 months (weather dependent). The bridge will be reduced to one lane of traffic/sidewalk at a time. Bike traffic will be detoured to Clark Street.
City and state mask mandate to be lifted february 28
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., announced that the City of Chicago will remove the mask and vaccine requirements for certain public spaces on February 28 to align with the State of Illinois’ previously announced plans to lift the statewide indoor mask mandate on that day.
Masks will continue to be required in health care settings, on public transit, and in other congregate settings. Many Chicagoans will continue to wear masks in public spaces for a variety of reasons, even if they are vaccinated. For example, after 5 days of isolation or quarantine, masks will continue to be required in days 6-10 in public spaces, as they are now.
Booster shots approved for anyone 12 and older
On January 5, 2022, the CDC announced that adolescents age 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. Learn more here.
CITY OF CHICAGO ANNOUNCES VACCINE REQUIREMENTS FOR RESTAURANTS, BARS, GYMS, AND OTHER INDOOR PUBLIC SPACES
On December 21, 2021, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) announced that any individual 5 years of age or older will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine indoors, visit gyms, or enjoy entertainment venues where food or drink are being served. This new requirement goes into effect on January 3, 2022.
Patrons age 5 and older must show proof of full vaccination; patrons age 16 and over will also need to provide identification that matches their vaccination record. If any employees of these venues and establishments are not fully vaccinated, the employer must ensure that these employees both continue to mask when interacting with patrons and provide proof of a weekly negative COVID-19 test.
The City of Chicago mask mandate also remains in effect for all public indoor settings. The new order does not affect this mask requirement. The 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, and hotel ballrooms; and
- 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, and other facilities used for conducting indoor group fitness classes; and
- 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, and other recreational game centers.
The vaccine requirement does not include houses of worship; grocery stores (though indoor dining sections within grocery stores would be included); locations in O’Hare International Airport or Midway International Airport; locations in a residential or office building the use of which is limited to residents, owners, or tenants of that building; or food service establishments providing only charitable food services, such as soup kitchens. Schools and day cares also are not included in the order.
Proof of vaccination means a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered or a digital or physical photo of such a card or record, reflecting the person’s name, vaccine brand, and date administered.
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 and at least one location inside the
covered location that is conspicuously visible, informing patrons of the vaccination requirement.
The following individuals are exempted from the vaccine requirement:
- Individuals entering an establishment for less than 10 minutes for ordering and carrying out food; delivering goods; or using the bathroom;
- A nonresident performing artist who does not regularly perform or render services in a covered location, or a nonresident individual accompanying such a performing artist, while the performing artist or individual is in a covered location for the purposes of such artist’s performance;
- A nonresident professional athlete or a nonresident individual accompanying such professional athlete, who enters a covered location as part of their regular employment for purposes of the professional athlete/sports team competition;
- Individuals who have previously received a medical or religious exemption (e.g. from an employer), provided such patrons show the establishment proof of the medical or religious exemption and a COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 72 hours prior to entering.
- An individual 18 years of age or younger who enters a covered location to participate in an activity organized by a school or after-school program offered by any pre-kindergarten through grade twelve public or non-public school; and
- An individual who enters for the purposes of voting in a municipal, state, of federal election; or, pursuant to law, assisting or accompanying a voter or observing such election.
View the official health order here. Businesses seeking more information and guidance should visit Chicago.gov/COVID.
The City of Chicago will be holding informational webinars to provide an overview of the vaccine requirement on Wednesday, December 22 at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 29 at 11:00 a.m., and Tuesday, January 4 at 2:00 p.m. To register for a webinar, please visit Chicago.gov/BusinessEducation.
Booster shots approved for anyone 18 and older
On November 19, 2021, the CDC announced that anyone 18 and older is now eligible and recommended to receive a third “booster” dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more here.
All chicagoans 5 and older are eligible for the covid-19 vaccine
There was a phased roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago. As of November 3, 2021, everyone 5 and older is eligible to receive the vaccine in Chicago, and everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Learn more about vaccination here.
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 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.
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.
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