New Guidelines for Restaurants and Bars Effective 7.24.20

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The City of Chicago announced a re-tightening of COVID-19 related restrictions for bars, restaurants, gyms, and personal services as a precautionary move in response to a recent increase in community cases of the virus.

The following regulations will go into effect Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m. for Eating and Drinking Establishments:

  • Eating Establishments, including those which serve alcohol for onsite consumption, may continue to serve customers indoors; capacity is limited to 50 individuals or 25% of original occupancy per space, whichever is fewer.
  • Drinking Establishments, or those establishments which serve alcohol for on-site consumption but do not have a Retail Food Establishment license:
    • May NOT serve customers indoors.
    • May serve customers outdoors with a maximum 2-hour seating window; outdoor service areas include:
      • Outdoor Patios, Expanded Outdoor Dining areas, Rooftops, Rooftops with Retractable Roofs, and Indoor spaces where 50% of more of a wall can be removed via the opening of windows, doors, or panels provided that dining tables are within 8ft of such openings.
  • Misc. Regulations for ALL Eating and Drinking Establishments
    • Maximum table occupancy is six persons, whether indoor or outdoor
    • Customers must be seated while eating or drinking
    • All establishments that sell alcohol for onsite consumption must close at 12am daily
    • Alcohol sales for onsite consumption must cease at 11pm daily

For additional information, please see City of Chicago Press Release 7.20.20

Please contact our team for further guidance relating to the above or regarding any hospitality concerns via our regular email addresses or via telephone at 312-587-7594.