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COVID-19 updates

Chicago updates: COVID-19

The health and safety of visitors and residents is of the utmost importance to us. We’re committed to providing accurate, up-to-date information to help you stay safe in Chicago. Here’s what you need to know:

Latest updates

  • Reopening phase: Chicago is currently in Phase Four of its reopening plan, with some additional mitigations, such as the closure of indoor museums, theatres/performance venues, and indoor seating at bars and restaurants.
  • Stay at home advisory: The City of Chicago advises all residents to stay at home unless for work, school, or essential needs through Dec. 16, 2020.
  • Travel advisory: The city has issued a travel advisory applicable to anyone entering Chicago from designated states.
  • Gatherings: All gatherings are limited to 10 guests (both indoors and outdoors).
  • Temporary curfew: All non-essential businesses must be closed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • What’s open: See the full list of what’s open in Chicago.

Travel

  • The City of Chicago has issued an emergency travel order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to follow certain precautions, such as quarantine upon arrival. Check the current list of states.
  • Currently, there are no federal restrictions on travel within the U.S.
  • All non-U.S. citizens who have visited one of these countries in the past 14 days may not enter the United States:
    • China
    • Iran
    • European Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
    • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Brazil

Restaurants

Chicago restaurants and bars are currently open for outdoor dining, delivery, and carry-out.

  • Restaurants are open with the following guidelines:
    • Restaurants can offer outdoor dining, carry-out, and delivery
    • No indoor service
    • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
    • Reservations required for each party
  • Bars are open with the following guidelines:
    • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
    • No indoor service
    • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
    • Reservations required for each party

Customers must wear face coverings while seated at all times (including when interacting with staff), except when actively eating or drinking at all bars and restaurants.

Find Chicago restaurants open for delivery, carry-out, and outdoor dining.

Health & safety

  • As Chicago reopen, the safety of our residents and visitors is of the utmost importance to us. Learn about the latest health and safety precautions being put into place at Chicago’s restaurants, businesses, hotels, and attractions.
  • All visitors and residents are encouraged to wear a face covering when in public.

Hotels

  • Please check with individual hotels for information about availability.

Attractions and events

  • Many Chicago attractions are open to the public with additional safety measures and limited capacities. Check our what’s open page for details.
  • Most public gatherings are currently cancelled until further notice.
  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot has ordered Chicago’s beaches remain closed until further notice. All other Chicago parks, including the Lakefront Trail and lakefront parks west of Lake Shore Drive, are now open.
  • All Illinois state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites are now open to the public.
  • All attractions and events are subject to changes and closures. We strongly recommend confirming the status of attractions and upcoming events by reaching out directly to the attraction, venue, or ticket provider before proceeding.

Healthy travel tips

  • We encourage all visitors to use their own discretion and follow all travel best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

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