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.
The MAYOR, CDPH and BACP ANNOUNCED THE FOLLOWING :
CHICAGO – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) announced today a re-tightening of COVID-19 restrictions for bars, restaurants, gyms and personal services as a precautionary move in response to a recent increase in community cases of the virus. Throughout the pandemic, data has guided every move made by the City, and the recent uptick in cases as well as surging COVID-19 activity in other states around the country is cause for concern and motivated this move to dial back reopening in certain high-risk environments.
Chicago has reached over 200 cases per day and it has been climbing for the past seven days. If the number continues to rise we may see more restrictions.
The reinstatement of certain restrictions will go into effect Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m., in order to allow businesses time to prepare. Restrictions will include:
- Bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that serve alcohol for on site consumption without a Retail Food license will no longer be able to serve customers indoors.
- Restaurants that serve alcohol will be allowed to continue to operate as long as they abide by ongoing COVID 19 guidance and existing regulations
- Establishments without food may still provide outdoor service as they did under phase three.
- Maximum party size and table occupancy at restaurants bars taverns and breweries will be reduced to six people
- Indoor fitness class size will be reduced to a maximum of 10 people.
- Personal services requiring the removal of face covering s will no longer be permitted ( facials etc)
- Residential property managers will be asked to limit guest entry to five per unit to avoid indoor gatherings and parties.
To prepare all business owners for the new guidance, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will be hosting a series of webinars this week. On July 21, BACP will hold a webinar for all business types to provide an overview of the new changes at 2:00 p.m., followed by a session just for restaurants and bars at 4:00 p.m. Sessions for health and fitness centers and personal services will be held later in the week. To register and learn more, visit chicago.gov/businessworkshops
To read the full announcement click here.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health permitted Chicago to transition to Phase IV on 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 – Reopening 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.