Current Business Guidelines

Governor Pritzker announced a pathway for the State of Illinois to move towards fully reopening. The City of Chicago is currently evaluating the guidance that was released today and will be releasing updated City guidelines early next week. Please be advised that existing regulations remain in place for now in the City of Chicago – please visit Chicago.gov/reopening or see below for the latest details.

COVID-19 Regulations as of March 18, 2021:


Restaurants, Bars and Events

  • Can operate indoors at lesser of 50% or 50 people per space

  • Larger establishments that can fit more than 50 people within a room at 50% capacity can use impermeable barriers such as plexiglass in order to divide rooms into multiple spaces. Provided that these spaces are fully divided by impermeable barriers, and that other regulations are followed, establishments may have the lesser of 50% capacity or 50 people within each space.

  • Food must be available at all times in order to offer indoor service. Bars, taverns or breweries without a food license can operate indoors as long as they ensure that food is always available. This can be done by making menus available and allowing delivery or allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services.

  • Table size limited to no more than six people indoors and outdoors

  • Tables must be spaced so that patrons are six feet away from patrons at other tables

  • Bar seating allowed with six feet between parties

  • Patrons must be seated at all times while eating or drinking

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when seated and actively eating or drinking

  • Outdoor service includes:

  • Rooms with retractable roofs

  • Rooftops

  • Multi-party structures, such as tents, with at least 50% of walls open

  • Single-party structures, such as igloos, with proper ventilation

  • Tables within eight feet of a wall that is at least 50% open

  • Indoor events allowed at 50% capacity with no more than 50 individuals. Events must follow indoor dining guidelines

  • Establishments must close for on-site service at 1:00 a.m. They may serve alcohol until that time provided that patrons are fully off-site by 1:00 a.m.

Health and Fitness Centers

  • 50% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space

  • Group classes of 20 or fewer can resume under the 50% capacity restriction, with six feet between patrons

  • Locker rooms and showers can remain open if strict and frequent cleaning measures are in place

  • Close ancillary accommodations, including saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms, where social distancing is not possible

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Indoor Recreation

  • 50% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Movie Theaters and Performance Venues

  • 50% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Retail Stores

  • 50% capacity

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

  • Alcohol sales from establishments with a Package Goods license must end at 11:00 p.m.

Museums and Zoos

  • 25% capacity

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

Personal Services

  • 50% 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

  • 50% capacity, with no more than 50 people in any one space

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times

  • Special events capped at no more than 50% capacity or 50 people, while following indoor dining regulations