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.