Mayor Announces Easing of Chicago’s Phase IV Guidelines for Businesses
Progress in the fight against COVID-19 has allowed for expanded indoor capacity, extended operating hours and loosening of other restrictions for businesses. As of Thurs., October 1st, at 5:00am, the following guidelines are in effect:
•Increased Indoor Capacity: Restaurants, health and fitness centers, personal services, non-essential retail and all other establishments that have been limited to 25% indoor capacity are able to increase their maximum indoor capacity to 40%. The limit of 50 total customers within one room or space at restaurants, venues and other establishments will remain in place, as will the limit of no more than six people per table.
•Reopening of Bars: Breweries, taverns, bars and other establishments that serve alcohol without a food license may reopen with indoor seating, at 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer. Service remains limited to no more than two hours per party, and customers must be seated when eating, drinking or ordering. Patrons cannot walk up to the bar to order.
•Extended Hours for Bars and Restaurants: Bars, restaurants and other establishments that serve alcohol will now be able to sell alcohol for on-site or off-site consumption until 1:00 am and may remain open until 1:30 am. Liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments that sell alcohol to-go through a Packaged Goods license must continue to cease alcohol sales at 9:00 p.m.
•Increased Group Size: Maximum group size for health and fitness classes and after-school programming will increase from 10 to 15 people.
•Expanded Personal Services: Facials, shaves and other personal services that require the removal of face coverings will be allowed.
You can find complete and updated Phase IV reopening guidelines at chicago.gov/reopening.
Reopening Self Certification
Throughout the phases of Chicago’s reopening, city leadership wants to ensure that businesses are meeting or exceeding the requirements of the guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employers: Complete the “Be Safe Chicago” self-certification process to earn your badge of approval and indicate your ability to comply with city standards. Click here to get started.
Visit our COVID-19 Resource Hub
The Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) has created a Coronavirus resource hub to keep you connected to important information and resources regarding your health, current reopening phases, and ways to support neighborhood businesses and neighbors. Visit the COVID-19 Resource Hub.