Chicago to re-open June 11 100%


Chicago is in the Bridge Phase. These restrictions are the most up to date and take precedence over the industry-specific guidelines if there are points of contradiction. In all settings, six feet of physical distance must be maintained between different parties. If necessary, facilities should operate a lower capacity to achieve six feet between all parties.

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Vaccine Exemption

Friday, May 14th, all Chicago businesses will have the option of taking advantage of a new Vaccine Exemption. Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to count towards COVID-19 capacity limits across all industries. This FAQ provides an overview of the Vaccine Exemption and how businesses can stay compliant.


Beginning Tuesday, May 18, following guidance from the CDC and the State of Illinois, and recognizing how safe and effective the COVID vaccine is, the City of Chicago will no longer require masks for fully vaccinated people in most settings, including businesses. In alignment with federal and state guidelines, masks will still be required, regardless of vaccination status, in health care settings, schools, correctional/congregate settings, and on public transportation.

Businesses are strongly encouraged to verify vaccination status before allowing customers and/or employees to not wear face coverings. The City also strongly encourages businesses to continue requiring face coverings in all indoor settings in Chicago until we enter Phase Five and all regulations are lifted, especially if businesses do not have the capacity to verify vaccination status or if employees, clients or attendees are not all known to be vaccinated. Read thisFAQfor more information.

Operating Hours

Bars, restaurants and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license can resume normal hours of operation. Establishments with a Late Hour Liquor License can operate without hour restrictions if only fully vaccinated patrons and no unvaccinated patrons are permitted to enter during late night operations. Liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments with a Package Goods license must still cease alcohol sales at 11:00 pm.


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