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Chicago & Illinois Reopening Guidelines


May 27, 2020

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As the State of Illinois is expected to advance to Phase 3 of reopening at the end of May, Governor JB Pritzker has released industry-specific guidelines that allow for the safe re-opening of businesses.

Illinois currently has guidelines for the following industries:

  • Manufacturing
  • Health and Fitness Centers
  • Offices
  • Personal Care Services
  • Retail
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Service Counters
  • Day Camps
  • Youth Sports
  • Restaurants and Bars (outdoor dining and drinking)

Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

HR guidelines applicable to all employers include requiring employees to complete health and safety training related to COVID-19 when initially returning to work, limiting all non-essential business travel, and prohibiting employees from entering the worksite if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

The guidelines, along with the other COVID-19 resources for businesses are available here.


While Chicago has not announced when it will move to Phase 3, Chicago has also issued industry-specific guidance for reopening once Phase 3 hits.

Chicago currently has guidelines for the following industries:

  • Education & Childcare
  • Office & Real Estate
  • Accommodation & Tourism
  • Food Service
  • Retail and Services
  • Business-to-Business
  • Healthcare
  • Parks & Outdoor Attractions

Highlights from the office and real estate guidelines include adding visual signage throughout facilities regarding hygiene, social distancing; closing small, high-traffic common areas are closed to avoid large gatherings; and making sanitation stations readily available for employee and customer use.

The City strongly encourages employers to self-certify compliance with these guidelines prior to reopening. If your industry is not listed, you should refer to the guidelines for the industries that are most similar to your business.

The guidelines, along with the other COVID-19 resources for businesses are available here.

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