Suburban Cook County Moves to Phase 4 of Restore Illinois

On Tuesday, February 2, suburban Cook County (Region 10) moved to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.


The Cook County Department of Public Health has added additional mitigations above the state guidelines to support a more gradual approach the Phase 4 for Cook County residents. The full text of Mitigation Order 2021-1 can be found here.


Bars and restaurants

• Indoor service is limited to the lesser of 25 patrons or 25% of capacity per room.

• Food must be available at all times in order to offer indoor service. Bars, taverns or breweries without a food license can reopen indoors as long as they partner with a food establishment (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services). Indoor and outdoor table size limited to no more than six people.

• Table placement must allow for parties to be seated 6 feet apart from one another. Bar seating allowed with 6feet between parties.

• All staff must be masked at all times. Patrons are required to be masked unless actively eating. Those seated at the bar must be masked and not allowed to sit unmasked unless eating or actively drinking. If a patron is unmasked a member of the restaurant staff must ask the customer to mask and if not complied with after requested to leave. Failure to require patrons to be masked will be seen as a violation of the establishment to operate safely.

• No congregating of patrons allowed prior to being seated. Customers waiting for a table must wait socially-spaced outdoors.

• Outdoor service includes:

o Rooms with retractable roofs

o Rooftops

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

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

o Tables indoors within eight feet of an open wall or window that is at least 50%

open to the outdoor air


Meetings, Social Events, and Gatherings

• Indoor events allowed at the lesser of 25% capacity, or a maximum of 25 individuals.

Events must follow indoor dining guidelines.


Indoor and Outdoor Activities


Parks, Outdoor Flea Markets, Outdoor Attractions, and professional major and minor league sports stadiums

o Each outdoor space is limited to the lesser of 40% capacity, or a maximum of 100 individuals, while practicing social distancing.

o Indoor spaces (e.g., field houses, indoor exhibit spaces) limited to the lesser of 40% capacity, or a maximum of 50 individuals per partitioned space.

o Zoos limited to 25% capacity

Indoor Recreation Centers (e.g., bowling alleys, arcades)

o Indoor spaces limited to the lesser of 40% capacity, or a maximum of 50 individuals per space.

o If the facility has an outdoor component, each outdoor space is limited to the lesser of 40% capacity, or a maximum of 100 individuals, while practicing social distancing.


Organized Group Recreational Activities (i.e., sports, indoor sports & activities facilities) Note: Not applicable to professional sports.

o Limit group sporting and recreational activities including youth and adult recreational sports to the lesser of 40% capacity, or a maximum of 50 individuals indoors. This includes park districts and travel leagues.

o Individual training may continue (with facility reservation) o Locker rooms and showers can remain open, if strict and frequent cleaning measures are in place.

o Illinois All Sports Policy is required to be followed for sports play level and allowances.

o All sports participants playing indoors must be masked or play risk level will be elevated per Illinois All Sports Policy. Arts and Culture


Museums

o Capacity limited to 25% occupancy.

o Guided tours limited to 50 individuals per group.


Performance Venues and Movie Theaters

o Indoor spaces limited to the lesser of 40% capacity or a maximum of 50 individuals per space.

o If the facility has an outdoor component, each outdoor space is limited to the lesser of 40% capacity, or a maximum of 100 individuals, while practicing social distancing.


Health and Fitness Centers

• Indoor facilities are limited to a maximum of 40% capacity

• Gatherings of employees and customers in common areas (e.g., check-in area) is limited to a maximum of 50 individuals, while ensuring proper social distancing.

• Indoor fitness classes limited to 15 individuals.

• Outdoor fitness classes are limited to a maximum of 50 individuals, while ensuring proper social distancing.

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

• Ancillary accommodations, including saunas and steam rooms, where social distancing and frequent cleaning can not take place, must remain closed.


Personal Services

• Indoor space limited to the lesser of 40% capacity or 50 individuals, while practicing social distancing.

• If a service requires the removal of face coverings (e.g., facials, beard trimmings) employees must wear both a mask and eye protection (e.g. face shield, protective glasses)


Retail Stores

• General merchandise stores, “big box” stores that offer groceries and pharmacy, and convenience stores limited to a maximum of 40% capacity.

• Grocery stores and pharmacies limited to a maximum of 50% capacity.

• Gatherings of employees and customers at choke points is limited to no more than 50 individuals, while ensuring proper social distancing.

• Smoking is permitted in hookah stores, cigar lounges and other retail tobacco shops. Limited to the lesser of 25% capacity, or 25 individuals per room, while ensuring proper social distancing


Hotel & Accommodations

• Gatherings in common spaces (e.g. lobby area) is limited to the lesser of 40% capacity, or 50 individuals, while ensuring proper social distancing.

• Fitness centers limited to a maximum of 40% capacity.

• Event and meeting spaces limited to 25% capacity, to a maximum of 25 individua