The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping our businesses reopen safely and within state and local guidelines. We will be providing our businesses with the resources needed to prepare to fully reopen. We will be following the 5 Phase plans set out by Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot, and the necessary precautions set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health earlier this week announced Chicago will transition to Phase IV this Friday, June 26, under stricter guidelines than the rest of the state. Businesses located in the City of Chicago must follow the city’s Phase IV – Gradually Reopen Guidelines.
The following industries will open for the first time at the beginning of Phase IV in Chicago:
- Indoor seating in bars and restaurants
- Performance Venues
- Film & TV Production
- Movie Theaters
- Summer camps/youth activities
Industry-specific guidelines include details such as how businesses can engage in healthy interactions between workers and customers, how to maintain safe working spaces and conditions, and how to design and monitor workplace operations to create flexibility and maintain safety for employees and customers.
Most industries previously allowed to open in earlier phases have updated guidelines, including:
- Education & Childcare
- Office & Real Estate
- Accommodation & Tourism
- Retail & Services, including Personal Services and Health & Fitness Clubs
- B2B, including Manufacturing, Construction, Transportation & Warehousing
- Parks & Outdoor Attractions
- Places of Worship
Please review the guidelines specific to your industry for the most up-to-date requirements.
Although progress has been made in order to move to Phase IV, all residents should continue to abide by important guidance including:
- Physically distancing and wearing a face covering
- Limiting non-business, social gatherings to 50 persons for indoor events and 100 for outdoors
- Staying at home if you are considered vulnerable, feel ill or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19
- Getting tested if you have symptoms
Businesses are encouraged to go through the city’s self-certification process for reopening. Please review the guidelines and create your business plan to self-certify.
Recordings of webinars about industry-specific Phase IV reopening guidelines and other past webinars are available on BACP’s YouTube channel here. BACP will continue to hold webinars to provide additional clarity and help answer questions about the reopening framework and requirements. View upcoming webinars and register here. Please email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org with any webinar questions.
Please use the helpful links below to read more information about what steps are needed for businesses (and individuals) to take to successfully reopen safely when given the okay to do so.