Citing “sufficient progress in the fight against Covid-19,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the easing of phase four guidelines for businesses starting Oct. 1.  

Restaurants will be allowed to expand indoor capacity to 40%, bars can reopen for indoor service, and may serve until 1 a.m, according to a news release. Class sizes for fitness and after-school programs will be allowed to expand and personal services that require the removal of a mask allowed to resume.  

The city has issued additional guidelines for businesses and customers:

  • Customers must wear face coverings while seated, except while eating or drinking.
  • Customers must order from their seats.
  • Bars, taverns, and breweries must partner with a food establishment so that food is available to patrons while they are open.
  • Restaurants must obtain and keep contact information for all diners for possible contact tracing.
  • Any personal service provider must wear a mask at all times and limit services to 15 minutes if a service requires a customer’s mask to be removed.
  • Hand sanitizer must be provided at the entrance of any open establishment.  

Source: CNN

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