Chicago Will Allow Indoor Dining at Restaurants in Phase 4 Starting Friday
Many of Chicago’s most popular tours and attractions have also reopened for visitors.
Chicago is moving into Phase 4 of its reopening plan on Friday, allowing locals to enjoy museums, shops, and indoor seating at bars and restaurants.
The newest phase will allow indoor spaces to operate at 25 percent capacity, with a maximum of 50 people inside. Face coverings and social distancing are still required. And outdoors, gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed.
Specifically for restaurants, outdoor dining is allowed and indoor seating will be allowed, at 25 percent capacity. Groups of diners are allowed up to six people per table and are encouraged to make reservations and wait outside until their table is ready.
Many of Chicago’s most popular tours and attractions have reopened for visitors. Millennium Park is “cautiously reopening,” with some amenities and attractions remaining closed. The Chicago Riverwalk and Navy Pier are open and restaurants are participating in a phased reopening. Lake and river cruises are setting sail, with limited group sizes. Visitors can rent kayaks or partake in tours, if they make reservations ahead of time.
The Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo will reopen on June 26, although visitors must make reservations in advance. The Chicago Architecture Center has resumed its walking tours but is waiting until July 3 to reopen its museum and river cruises.
All of the city’s shops are allowed to reopen, with restrictions. Capacity at nonessential shops is limited to 20 percent and at essential shops — grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores — capacity is capped at 50 percent. Both employees and customers must wear facemasks at all times. Shops are encouraged to promote physical distancing, contactless payment, and frequent use of hand sanitizer.
Hotels have fully reopened, although daily housekeeping is only available upon request. Hotel restaurants can only operate for room service or pick-up and face coverings are required for both guests and employees in all common areas.
Visitors who want to enjoy Chicago’s outdoor spaces will be welcomed back to the city’s public parks, although they must wear a face covering at all times. Gatherings should be no more than 10 people and should maintain social distancing. Only non-contact sports like tennis can be played and playgrounds remain closed. Runners, joggers, bikers and walkers are encouraged to maintain distances of six feet while exercising.
Chicago is moving into the next phase of its reopening, along with the whole of Illinois. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the state has reported 138,540 confirmed cases and 6,770 deaths.