Chicago Halloween Guidelines During COVID-19

Halloween is traditionally a time of year that many people look to go out and celebrate the holiday at restaurants and bars. The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) would like to remind businesses of the current COVID restrictions, as they will be stepping up their enforcement during this time.

  • If you have a Retail Food License, you're maximum allowed capacity is 40% or 50 people (whichever is less).
  • If you have a Tavern License, without a food license, your maximum allowed capacity is 25% or 50 people (whichever is less) and you must have a food partner.

  • Patrons must remain seated while eating and drinking, with a maximum party size and table occupancy of 6 people
  • Customer cannot walk up to the bar and order drinks. Wait staff must be in place and customers must be seated while ordering.
  • Dancing or other congregating is not allowed while COVID restrictions are in place.

  • Reduced COVID hours remain in place for Halloween. On-site consumption of alcohol must end at 1:00am and you must close your establishment by 1:30am.
  • Extended hours apply to liquor to go. Liquor to go must be sealed, no open containers, no plastic.

Lines outside of your establishment are strongly discouraged. However, if you do have a line outside, your business is responsible for the activity of the individuals waiting in line. Anyone in line must maintain proper social distancing of at least 5 feet and must wear a mask.

It is the responsibility of all licensees to operate and maintain a safe environment for your customers. Make sure you have sufficient staff on site to enforce all COVID protections. It is also your responsibility to be a "good neighbor" to the residents and businesses in the community.

  • You cannot sell tickets to a Halloween event without a PPA license.
  • The use of the public way may only be used if you have a valid sidewalk permit. Currently only sidewalk cafe permits, outdoor patio licenses, and Expanded Outdoor Dining permits are being issued.
  • Everyone must wear a mask. The only exception to this rule is if the patron is actively eating or drinking. Masks should be multi-layered and cover the nose and mouth - a traditional Halloween costume mask is not enough.

The top citations to businesses continue to be 1) no face masks and 2) social distancing.
For more information on Chicago's safe Halloween guidelines visit

For the most up to date information on COVID Guidelines, visit the City of Chicago Reopening Businesses Portal.
Please see our COVID-19 Business Resources website for a comprehensive list of resources.

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