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  • Stay at Home Advisory Announced, New Restrictions on Meetings and Events

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    The City of Chicago announced they will impose new restrictions on meetings and social events, as well as issue a stay at home advisory, that will go into effect on Monday, November 16 at 6:00 am.
    • Meetings and social events limited to 10 individuals (both indoors and outdoors)
      • The limitation applies to events, such as weddings, birthday parties, and other events taking place at banquet halls, event venues or similar spaces
        • The 10-person limit applies to events held in hotel guestrooms and rental properties
        • Specifically, places of worship cannot have more than 10 individuals gather for events such as weddings, funerals, Bar Mitzvahs, or wakes. Regular services can continue at 40% capacity/max. 50 individuals
      • The capacity limit does not supersede industries that have specified capacity guidelines in place (i.e., fitness clubs, retail stores, personal services, movie theaters)
        • These establishments can still operate at Phase IV capacity (generally, 40%/ 50 individuals max., whichever is fewer)
        • However, a meeting or social event that is outside of normal operations must be within 10-person event limit (e.g., bowling alley hosting a birthday party or museum hosting a book talk).
      • All residents of the City of Chicago are advised to stay at home in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up food, or receiving deliveries.
      • Additionally, residents are strongly advised to:
        • Not have guests in their homes unless they are essential workers (g., home healthcare providers or childcare workers)
        • Cancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations
        • Avoid travel 
    The State of Illinois imposed new mitigation measures that went into effect on Friday, October 30 at 12:01 am.
    • No indoor dining or service at bars or restaurants
    • Non-essential businesses must be closed to the public between the hours of 11:00 pm and 6:00 am
      • Impact on liquor sales:
        • Bars, restaurants and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license can sell alcohol on-site or to-go until 11:00 PM
        • Liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments with a Package Goods license must still cease alcohol sales at 9:00 pm.
      • Restaurants may continue to sell food via delivery, takeout, or curbside pickup at all hours
    As a reminder, the following Phase IV: Gradually Resume guidelines are still applicable. These restrictions are the most up to date and take precedence over the industry-specific guidelines if there are points of contradiction. 
    • Outside of restaurants, bars and event venues, other establishments can continue normal operations at 40% capacity indoors / max. 50 individuals per space, whichever is fewer. See industry-specific guidelines for more details.
    • Maximum group size for health and fitness classes remains at 15 individuals, while practicing social distancing, or 40% capacity (whichever is fewer)
    • Cohorts for out-of-school programs is set at 15 individuals
    These restrictions, as part of Phase IV guidelines, are in effect until further notice. Continue checking the City of Chicago's website for the most up-to-date information.