Chicago Releases Phase 3 Reopening Guidelines

May 27, 2020

Late Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), industry leaders (including IHA), labor leaders, and public officials from around Chicago, released industry-specific guidelines for businesses, employees and customers to follow as the city prepares to begin safely reopening in early June.

The sectors covered by the guidelines include: Healthcare, Education & Childcare, Food Service, Accommodations and Tourism, Retail, B2B, and Transportation.

Industry-specific guidelines include details such as how businesses can engage in healthy interactions between workers and customers, how to maintain safe working spaces and conditions, and how to design and monitor workplace operations to create flexibility and maintain safety for employees and customers. The guidelines are aligned with the State-issued guidelines, with specificity included for Chicago’s context.

Key guidelines for the Healthcare sector include:

  • Maintain six-foot social distancing where possible;   
  • Employers encouraged to provide sanitizing supplies throughout facilities;   
  • Patients and staff required to wear facial coverings at all times, exceptions made for people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering;   
  • Promote healthy hygiene in line with IDPH, CDPH and CDC guidance;   
  • Visual signage posted throughout facilities regarding hygiene, social distancing and proper PPE;   
  • Limit visitors and screen staff prior to entry;   
  • Limit gatherings of individuals;   
  • Frequent daily cleaning;   
  • Comply with all national, state and local requirements pertaining to COVID-19 in addition to hospital operation standards; and   
  • Follow CDPH and CDC guidance for testing and tracing protocols.

Click here to see the Healthcare guidelines.