Mayor Lightfoot, CDPH Announces Phase Four Opening

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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that Chicago is on track to transition to phase four of the “Protecting Chicago” framework on Friday, June 26, alongside the rest of Illinois. Phase four – ‘Gradually Resume’ – will allow additional businesses and public amenities to open with limited capacities and appropriate safeguards. Although progress has been made in order to move to phase four, all residents should continue to abide by important guidance including: physically distancing and wearing a face covering; limiting non-business, social gatherings to 50 persons for indoor events and 100 for outdoors; staying at home if you are considered vulnerable, feel ill or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19; and getting tested if you have symptoms. The following industries will open for the first time at the beginning of phase four in Chicago:

• Indoor seating in bars and restaurants

• Museums and zoos

• Performance venues

• Summer camps / youth activities

Phase four will also include adjustments to other industries that have previously reopened, and detailed information can be found at Industry-specific guidelines include details such as how businesses can encourage healthy interactions between workers and customers, how to maintain safe working spaces and conditions, and how to design and monitor workplace operations to create flexibility and maintain safety for employees and customers. CDPH will continue to follow the same health metrics to help guide the City’s decision-making process, with easy color-coding:

• Green – Go: cautious progress, continued progress or advanced progress

• Yellow – Caution: pause and monitor

• Red – Stop: may need to reinstate certain restrictions

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