The Mayor of Chicago indicated that it is almost a done deal that the city will be fully reopened as of July 4. The goal is to be one of the first cities to be fully and safely reopened.
According to state health officials, Chicago has made significant progress in reversing the increase in COVID-19 cases In the last week, the rate of positive COVID-19 tests dropped and is now below 5%, as reported.
Illinois officials revealed that the state will move to Phase 5 in July, the last phase of the plan to fully reopen all economic sectors without capacity limits, among other changes.
It is critical that Chicago move toward full reopening, let’s help increase the number of people vaccinated and encourage your unvaccinated friends to do the same and continue to wear the mask as suggested by Mayor Lightfoot in order to remove all capacity restrictions by July 4.
Chicago has announced plans to also enter a bridge phase in the coming weeks if the contagions continue to decline, which will change its reopening plan, expanding the capacity of a number of businesses and allowing fans to return to the United Center.
COVID Restrictions in Chicago: Among the changes that took effect are:
- Restaurants and bars: Indoor capacity can increase to the lesser of 50% or 100 people.
- Spectator events, theater, and performing arts: Large indoor venues, including the United Center, can now operate at 25% capacity.
- Meetings, conferences, and conventions: Large indoor venues can now operate at the lesser of 25% or 250 people.
- Places of worship: Large indoor venues can now operate at 25% capacity.
- Festivals and general admission outdoor spectator events: Operate at 15 people per 1,000 sq. ft.
- Flea and farmers markets: Operate at 25% capacity or 15 people per 1,000 sq. ft.