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New Public Health Order Requirements 1-3-22

CITY OF CHICAGO

Effective January 3, 2022, Section 3 of Public Health Order No. 2021-2 (the “Order”) requires that each covered entity develop and keep a written record describing the protocol for implementing and enforcing
the requirements of the Order. Such written record shall be available for inspection upon request of any City official authorized to enforce the Order.

Important Form for Businesses: Download

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.

COOK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES NEW MITIGATION ORDERS AMID LATEST COVID-19 SURGE

In response to the current COVID-19 surge of cases and hospitalizations in suburban Cook County, Cook County Department of Public Health today issued a new mitigation order for its suburban Cook County jurisdiction. Specifically, the order calls for proof of vaccination for customers of indoor settings where food or drink are served for on-premises consumption, like restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues, and in fitness facilities. The order will go into effect January 3, 2022. Read More

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Face Coverings Required For Everyone Inside Chicago Businesses

AUGUST 17, 2021 | CITY OF CHICAGO | BACP |

Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and based on Chicago’s current local COVID-19 data, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requiring that everyone age two or older, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in public indoor settings, effective Friday, August 20, 2021. Masking remains optional in outdoor settings, where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower, though masks are recommended for unvaccinated individuals in crowded outdoor settings. On July 27, 2021, the CDC issued updated guidance that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) in areas with “substantial and high transmission,” wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. The CDC defined four levels of community transmission: low, moderate, substantial, and high. Based on Chicago’s population, the city is in the CDC’s “high” category of local transmission when there are more than 400 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed per day. These are the same levels Chicago has used to determine COVID-19 community risk for more than a year.   

On Monday, August 16, 2021, Chicago surpassed 400 new COVID-19 cases per day, moving into the CDC’s “high” category of local transmission. Chicago data is updated every weekday at chi.gov/coviddash

In alignment with the CDC’s guidance, the City is now mandating that businesses require masks for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in all public indoor settings. The new public health order does not include capacity limits at public places. This requirement does not apply to outdoor settings – masks remain optional outdoors, where COVID-19 transmission is much less likely. As a reminder, outdoor settings include sidewalk cafes, outdoor patios, rooms with retractable roofs, outdoor tents with at least 50% of the sides open and indoor spaces that are within eight feet of walls that are least 50% open. 

While masking is now required in indoor settings, the requirement allows masks to be removed in certain cases, such as when patrons are actively eating or drinking; personal services that require the removal of face coverings (e.g., facial, shave); and office working spaces in which individual workstations are spaced at least six feet apart. Masks also remain mandatory on public transportation, in healthcare settings, schools, and correctional and congregate settings. 

No changes are being made to the requirements for social distancing. Businesses are still generally encouraged to support social distancing to the extent possible for customers, especially in indoor settings; in addition businesses must post signage indicating that masks are mandated for all customers in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. 

Businesses seeking more information and guidance should visit Chicago.gov/reopening. The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will be holding webinars on Thursday, August 19th at 10:00 a.m. and Friday, August 20th at 1:00 p.m. to provide an overview of the mask mandate. To register for a webinar, please visit chicago.gov/businesseducation

The vaccines authorized in the U.S. are working as expected and have been essential in the fight against COVID-19. They are effectively preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Since January 2021, 97% of Chicago’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have been in people who were not fully vaccinated. The CDC estimates that nationally, people who are unvaccinated are three to four times more likely to be infected with COVID-19, and 25 times more likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 than people who are fully vaccinated. The great majority of COVID-19 cases in Chicago are in unvaccinated individuals. 

We thank all the Chicagoans who have already made the choice to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to help protect themselves, their families, and Chicago. 

The best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant continues to be vaccination, including getting both doses if you get a two-dose vaccine. CDPH strongly urges anyone age 12 and older who isn’t yet vaccinated to get vaccinated right away. Chicago residents should call 312-746-4835 or visit chi.gov/covidvax for help getting a vaccine. 

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Hyde Park 53rd Street TIF District – up to $150,000 SBIF Grant

The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) is now open for applications for the 53rd Street TIF District. Applications will be accepted now through July 30th, 2021!

The SBIF program uses revenue from TIF districts to help owners of commercial and industrial properties to repair or remodel their facilities for their own business or on behalf of tenants. Tenant businesses are also eligible to apply on their own. Please note that residential projects are not eligible for the SBIF program, and residential developers should not apply.

Program participants can receive grants for 30 to 90 percent of project costs, with a maximum grant of $150,000 for commercial properties and $250,000 for industrial properties. The grants are administered by SomerCor on the City’s behalf and do not have to be repaid.

DPD and SomerCor will host an informational webinar to review program requirements and the application process, including an overview of program changes adopted last year by City Council.

SBIF Informational Webinar
Wednesday, July 7 at 1:00 pm | Register Here
For additional information, visit www.chicago.gov/sbif

To schedule a FREE Business Consultation with SSA 61 / Downtown Hyde Park Email Diane Burnham.

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Chicago Sees Progress, Moves to Tier One

State of Illinois | City of Chicago | January 25, 2021

Chicago and the surrounding suburbs received notice that indoor dining was permitted to resume under the provisions of Illinois’ Tier 1 coronavirus mitigations.

Under the conditions of Tier 1 mitigations, bars and restaurants can open to 25% capacity, with reservations required for parties of four or fewer people per table. Those establishments can be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The announcement comes with mixed reviews as people who applaud the progress are afraid of a resurgence. However, businesses operating with sound safety protocols should be able to keep employees and patrons safe, after implementing all appropriate accommodations and improvements in operations.

As the COVID-19 vaccination plan rolls out, the City and State have prioritized the assessment and implementation.

The details below outline the current guidance for affected industries and businesses.

Overview of Tier 1 Mitigation Measures

Restaurants and Bars

  • Can reopen indoors at lesser of 25% or 25 people per space.
  • 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 reopen 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).
  • Table size limited to no more than four people per indoor table and six people per outdoor table
  • Outdoor service can continue under existing regulations, including tables that are within eight feet of walls that are at least 50% open
  • 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
  • Tables must be six feet apart
  • Indoor service limited to no more than two hours
  • All bars and restaurants must close at 11:00pm for on-site service and pick-up/delivery of alcohol. Pick-up and delivery of food can continue after 11:00pm.

Event Venues

  • Events are limited to the lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors
  • Indoor events can serve food or drinks, but indoor service guidelines must be followed:
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when patrons are seated and actively eating or drinking
  • Four people per indoor table
  • Patrons must be seated whenever they are eating or drinking
  • Tables must be six feet apart
  • Indoor events must end at 11:00pm

Health and Fitness Centers

  • Indoor capacity increased to 40%, with no more than 50 people within one area
  • Group classes of 15 or fewer can resume under the 40% capacity restriction
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Indoor recreation

  • Indoor capacity increased to the lesser of 40% or 50 people
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Movie Theaters and Performance Venues

No capacity change from Tier 2 to Tier 1

  • Can operate indoors at 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Retail Stores

No capacity change from Tier 2 to Tier 1

  • Grocery stores and pharmacies can operate at 50% capacity, all other stores at 40% capacity
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Museums

No capacity change from Tier 2 to Tier 1

  • Can operate indoors at 40% capacity
  • Guided tours limited to 50 people
  • Groups limited to 10 people
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Personal Services

No capacity change from Tier 2 to Tier 1

  • Can operate 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

No capacity change from Tier 2 to Tier 1

  • Can operate at 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Special events capped at no more than 25 people
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Updated regulations will be posted at www.chicago.gov/reopening

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Chicago Moving to Tier Two Mitigations

City of Chicago | Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection | January 18, 2021

Please be advised that, effective immediately, the State of Illinois has determined that Chicago has made significant enough progress as a region in the fight against COVID-19 to move into Tier 2 Mitigations Measures. Under these Mitigation Measures, which are set by the state, the following regulations are in place:

Restaurants and Bars

  • No indoor service
  • Outdoor service allowed, including tables within eight feet of walls that are at least 50% open
  • Indoor events of 10 people or fewer can resume if food is served and only in locations that are designated and typically used for private events only (i.e. banquet halls within restaurants)
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times except when actively eating and drinking, tables must be six feet apart, and no more than six people per table
  • All bars and restaurants must close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day

Health and Fitness Centers

  • 25% capacity indoors
  • Group classes of 10 or fewer can resume under the 25% capacity restriction
  • Reservations are no longer required and locker rooms can reopen under capacity restrictions
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Movie Theaters and Performance Venues

  • Can reopen indoors at 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

Museums

  • Can reopen indoors at 25% capacity
  • Guided tours limited to 50 people
  • Groups limited to 10 people
  • 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

Indoor recreation

  • Can reopen indoors at 25% capacity, with no more than 25 people in any one space
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Places of worship

  • 40% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space
  • Special events capped at no more than 10 people
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Event venues

  • Indoor and outdoor events can resume, with no more than 10 people
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times except when actively eating and drinking

The full reopening regulations in Chicago will be posted shortly on the City’s website at chicago.gov/reopening.

Please note that Chicago was able to move to Tier 2 Mitigation Measures because the State of Illinois has removed the requirement that regions have greater than 20% capacity in medical/surgical beds. In order to move to Tier 1 Mitigation Measures, which would allow limited indoor dining at 25% capacity and no more than 25 people, Chicago will need to meet the following criteria:

  • A test positivity rate between 6.5 and 8% for three consecutive days as measured by the 7-day rolling average (currently NOT meeting this metric); AND
  • Greater than 20% percent available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 7-day rolling average (currently meeting this metric); AND
  • No sustained increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital in 7 out of the last 10 days, on a 7-day average (currently meeting this metric)

For a full overview of the statewide plan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, read the Restore Illinois Mitigation Plan here. You can follow Chicago’s continued progress in reaching the metrics that the state has set to continue reopening, please visit IDPH’s website.