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  • City Announces New Non-Essential Business Curfew of 11PM

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    In order to align with the new State-imposed regulations and allow extra operating time for bars and restaurants operating outdoors, the City will be modifying its non-essential business curfew. Effective Friday, October 30 at 12:01 am, all Chicago non-essential businesses must be closed to the public from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am. This will allow restaurants and bars that can no longer offer indoor service an extra hour of outdoor operations each evening. Additionally, the City will be modifying its liquor curfew to allow on-site or to-go alcohol sales at bars, restaurants and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license until 11:00 pm. The sale of alcohol from liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments with a Package Goods license must still end at 9:00 pm.

    Retail Food Establishments may continue to sell food via delivery, take-out or curbside pick-up at all hours. As a reminder, all employees and customers are required to wear face coverings except in limited situations such as when they are seated and actively eating and drinking. Additionally, table size is limited to no more than six people and social distancing must be maintained. Please visit chicago.gov/reopening for the latest details on Chicago’s reopening guidelines.
    The new measures imposed by the State were triggered due to a sustained increase in Chicago’s positivity rate and COVID-related hospitalizations for more than seven of the past ten days. The state has laid out three metrics that the city has to meet for these restrictions to be relaxed:

    ·     The positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5% over a three-day period
    ·     There is a decrease in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness over a three-day period
    ·     The three-day rolling averages of ICU bed availability and medical/surgical bed availability is greater than or equal to 20% over a seven-day period

    You can view the Illinois Regional COVID-19 Resurgence Criteria page here.

    To supplement that State of Illinois Phase Four Business Guidance FAQ, the City of Chicago has created a Frequently Asked Questions document to help Chicago’s businesses navigate the new restrictions.