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18 Jan

Chicago Will Require Proof of Vaccination to Enter Most Public Establishments

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Update Applicable to:
All employers of businesses with public accommodations in the city of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois.

What happened?
On December 21, 2021, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued Public Health Order 2021-2, a vaccine mandate for certain public accommodations in the city of Chicago, and on December 23, 2021, Cook County announced will be joining them per their Public Health Order 2021-11.

What are the details?
Effective January 3, 2022, any individual five years of age or older in Chicago and Cook County will be required to show proof of full vaccination to dine indoors, visit gyms, or enjoy entertainment venues where food or drink is being served. The requirement exempts children under five years old and individuals entering an establishment for less than 10 minutes for the purpose of ordering and carrying out food, making a delivery, or using the bathroom. This public health order will remain in effect until the risk of overwhelming the city’s hospital capacity has passed.

Proof of full vaccination will be required to enter the following establishments:

  • Any establishment where food and beverages are served, including 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.
  • Gyms and fitness establishments, including gyms, recreation facilities, fitness centers, yoga, Pilates, cycling, barre, and dance studios, hotel gyms, boxing and kickboxing gyms, fitness bootcamps, and facilities that provide indoor group fitness classes.
  • Indoor entertainment and recreation venues where food or beverages are served, including 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.

For more information, please see the links below:

Public Health Order 2021-2

Public Health Order 2021-11

Article 1Article 2

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links provided above and make immediate changes to their vaccination policies for both employees and patrons to be in compliance with the new mandate.


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