• Chicago Releases Roadmap for Easing of COVID-19 Protection

     
     
    February 10, 2021
     
    Dear Chicagoan,
     
    Today, the City of Chicago announced a roadmap for the continued easing of COVID-19 regulations, particularly as they relate to indoor dining. Chicago is making significant progress, and this framework provides clear guidance for a safe and responsible easing of mitigations as COVID-19 metrics continue to improve. Under this plan, indoor capacity at bars, restaurants and events can increase to the lesser of 25% or 50 people per room or floor beginning tomorrow, February 11. The easing of additional regulations will be possible once we meet specific metrics as outlined below.
     
    In order to help businesses navigate this framework for expanding capacity, BACP will be holding a webinar tomorrow, February 11, at 1:00 p.m. Register and learn more at chicago.gov/businesseducation.
     
    Under the plan released today, now that Chicago has made enough progress to move out of state-imposed Tier 1 Mitigation Measures, the Chicago Department of Public Health has identified four metrics that are being used locally to determine the process for continuing to ease COVID-19 regulations. Those metrics are as follows, with the goal of reaching at least the "Moderate-Risk" level in each metric before we can move to continue loosening restrictions:
    • COVID cases diagnosed per day: currently averaging 466, in the “High-Risk” level. This number must be below 400 new cases per day to reach the “Moderate-Risk” level.
    • COVID test positivity: currently averaging 4.7%, in the “Lower-Risk” level.
    • Emergency Departments visits for COVID-like illness: currently averaging 69 per day, in the “Moderate-Risk” level.
    •  ICU beds occupied by COVID patients: currently averaging 148, in the “Moderate-Risk” level.
     
    The full COVID-19 Reopening Risk Matrix can be found here
     
     
     
     
    Based on the progress the City has already made in these metrics, effective tomorrow, February 11, indoor service can increase to the lesser of 25% or 50 people per room or floor at bars, restaurants or events. All other regulations for bars, restaurants and events remain in place (see below)
     
    Indoor dining capacity will be able to increase to 40% when Chicago reaches “Moderate-Risk” or better in all four of the categories listed above for at least three straight days. The easing of other COVID-19 regulations will be considered at that point as well. Assuming that the other metrics continue to improve or hold steady, this will be possible once Chicago reaches fewer than 400 COVID-19 cases per day, based on the seven-day rolling average, for at least three straight days. Currently, Chicago is averaging 466 new cases per day, down from 607 one week ago. In order to track the data, visit the “Reopening Metrics” page at chicago.gov/COVID or the City's COVID Dashboard at chi.gov/coviddash. Expansion to 50% capacity will then be possible if and when Chicago reaches “Moderate-Risk” in all four metrics and maintains those levels for a period of two weeks.
     
    Thank you in advance for your continued dedication to closely following these regulations and keeping your customers and employees safe. 
     
     
    COVID-19 Regulations as of 2/11/2021
     
     
    Restaurants, Bars and Events
    • Indoor capacity restricted to the lesser of 25% or 50 people per room or floor
    • Food must be available at all times in order to offer indoor service. This means that bars, taverns or breweries without a food license can operate indoors as long as they partner with a food establishment so that food is available to patrons at all times (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services).
    • Outdoor service is allowed without capacity restrictions, which includes tables located within eight feet of walls that are at least 50% open, tents with at least 50% of their walls open, and single-party structures such as igloos or greenhouses
    • Maximum of six patrons at indoor or outdoor tables
    • Tables must be six feet apart
    • Patrons can sit at bars, with six feet of social distancing between parties
    • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when patrons are seated and actively eating or drinking
    • Patrons must be seated whenever they are eating or drinking
    • Reservations are encouraged
    • The sale of alcohol must end at 11pm, including alcohol sold for on-site consumption, delivery or carry out
    • Establishments must close for on-site service at 12am
     
    Health and Fitness Centers
    • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
    • Group classes of 15 or fewer can resume under the 40% capacity restriction
    • Face coverings must be worn at all times
     
    Indoor Recreation
    • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
    • Face coverings must be worn at all times
     
    Movie Theaters and Performance Venues
    • 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
    • Alcohol sales from establishments with a Package Goods license must end at 9pm
     
    Museums
    • Can operate indoors at 25% capacity
    • 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
     
    Places of Worship
    • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
    • Special events capped at no more than 25% capacity or 50 people, while following indoor dining regulations
    • Face coverings must be worn at all times
     
     
     
    City of Chicago | Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection
    www.chicago.gov/bacp
     
     
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