JUNE 2, 2020

What To Know About Phase 3 Beginning Tomorrow

Based on our progress on several key health metrics, the City is poised to transition from phase two (“Stay-at-Home”) to phase three (“Cautiously Reopen”), as outlined in the updated “Protecting Chicago” framework, tomorrow, Wednesday, June 3.

Here's what you need to know:

Individual industry guidelines are available on the City's official Coronavirus Response Center. Each industry has its own recommended procedures to help keep you safe. The earliest industry sub-sectors allowed to open at limited capacity during Phase 3 are:

  • Childcare centers
  • In-home family childcare
  • Parks (non-Lakefront, does not include contact sports)
  • Libraries and other city services
  • Office-based jobs, professional and real estate services
  • Hotels/lodging
  • Outdoor attractions (e.g. boating and non-Lakefront golf courses)
  • Non-essential retail stores
  • Personal services (e.g., hair/nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors)
  • Restaurants and coffee shops (outdoor dining)
  • Manufacturing, construction, and warehousing
  • Hospitals, dentists, community health centers, and others
  • Public and regional transit, taxis, and rideshare
  • Gyms (outdoor and 1:1 personal training only)

These businesses can also download and reproduce public safety posters, flyers, and social media advisories on the City's Communication Resources page.

Employees returning to work can learn more about how they're being protected by visiting the City's Employee Resources page. Information about paid sick leave, the fair workweek, and the COVID-19 Anti-Retaliation Ordinance are available there.
For everyone else, it is imperative we continue all health and safety practices, including staying home as much as possible, wearing face coverings, and social distancing whenever you are able. If you choose to not observe these guidelines, you may be refused service at re-opened businesses. These practices will help protect you and your community:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others
  • If your'e sick, stay home, except to seek medical care
  • Put 6-feet of distance between yourselves and others when in public
  • Wear a cloth face covering when indoors or when you are unable to maintain 6-feet of distance from others
  • Clean and disinfect frequently whatever surfaces and objects you most often interact with, especially when returning home.

If you suspect you're infected with COVID-19, this website will help you register for your nearest test site.

We remain optimistic that Chicago can pull through these trying times as one city, united in our hope that everyone stays safe and treats each other with compassion. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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