Phase 3 Reopening Guidelines
Reopening Survey Results
Webinars to Help You and Businesses
Dear Neighbors,

Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health released the Phase 3 guidelines for reopening the economy. While they follow the State of Illinois guidelines, they are tailored to Chicago. Here are highlights:

General guidelines for all businesses:
  • Employees and customers must stay six feet apart as much as possible.
  • If practical, increase airflow of indoor spaces.
  • Post signs regarding hygiene, social distancing, and proper use of PPE throughout.  
  • Frequently disinfect the facilities, equipment and high-touch areas and surfaces.
  • Sanitizer products must be readily available for use.
  • Limit interaction between individuals as much as possible (e.g., contactless payment) 

Education and Childcare services:
  • Health screenings for all before entering.
  • Every person must wear face coverings at all times. 
  • Children must be in groups of 10 or less with permanent staff members.
  • Minimize social interactions among all children in a center.
  • All meals individually packed and served in one room.
  • Children must regularly wash their hands.
  • If possible, introduce staggered drop off and pick up times.

Read the full guidelines here

Restaurants/Coffee Shops
  • Contactless pickup must be available and contactless payment encouraged.
  • Outdoor dining is permitted, and social distancing measures must be maintained.  
  • No more than six people per table
  • All tables six feet apart; remove or block tables if they can't be moved.  
  • Barriers to be used where six feet social distancing is not possible.
  • Employees must always wear facial coverings; patrons must wear them when not sitting.

Read the full guidelines here.

Retail and Personal Services (stores, hair and nail salons, barbers, massage)
  • Limit customer capacity to 25%.
  • No services that require removal of face coverings (e.g., facials, shaves) 
  • Six feet indicators must be placed throughout the store.  
  • Employees must disinfect the store as frequently as possible.
  • Customers and employees and required to wear facial coverings at all times.
  • Sanitize handled products after each customer and no product samples/ testers.  
  • If practical, implement an appointment only model.

Read the full Retail guidelines here.
Read the full Personal Services guidelines here.  

Health and Fitness Clubs  
  • Outdoor fitness classes restricted to no more than 10 individuals with social distancing.
  • Restrict indoor use to 1:1 training with total indoor usage limited to 25% capacity and ensure six-foot distancing between all individuals at all times.
  • Close all other common areas.   
  • During physical activity, face coverings must be worn by all participants and trainers
Read the full guidelines here.  
Hotel and Tourism
  • Six feet indicators throughout common areas to promote social distancing.
  • Facial coverings must be worn in common areas.
  • Daily housekeeping on request only.
  • Restaurants closed for in-house dining. Pick up and room service are permitted.
  • Guests are encouraged to use mobile check-ins/outs and keys.
  • High touch areas must be frequently cleaned by employees.
  • Limited gatherings in common areas.
Read full guidelines here.

  • Six feet indicators must be in place.
  • Patients and staff are required to wear facial coverings at all time.
Read full guidelines here.

Offices and Commercial Buildings
  • Workspaces separated by barriers when possible.
  • Masks required when social distancing is not possible. 
  • Workspaces reconfigured to maintain distancing. 
  • Small, high-traffic common areas closed to avoid gatherings.  

Read full guidelines here .

For the time being, schools, playgrounds, bars and lounges, and large venues (stadiums, indoor theaters, music venues, convention centers) will remain closed.
43rd Ward Getting Back to Business Webinar
Alderman Michele Smith, BACP and Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
Jun 1, 2020
12:30 PM

It's time to get back to business - safely. Join me, the City's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce in telling you what you need to know to re-open your business.

Register in advance for this webinar at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar and submitting questions.
43rd Ward Survey Results About Commercial Streets

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our survey. It revealed a wide range of opinion about how we should reopen to accommodate the health concerns that are still prevalent in the city.

We wanted the opportunity to measure community sentiment and possible locations for some modifications, particularly in our retail/restaurant corridors. We will be sharing these results with the City. Tomorrow, we'll discuss the results related to the lakefront.

Community Supports Some Traffic Restrictions on Streets
That Have Businesses

While the community supports street access for dining, there is no majority opinion on how to best make this happen. Many agreed with several options, and some presented variations in the comments. There are obstacles for some of the options, as one commentator noted, "That Parking meter deal keeps coming back to bite us."
As residents considered the streets closest to where they lived, opinions became more conservative. Concerns about traffic spilling onto residential streets from commercial streets dominated the concerns in the comments.  The idea of limiting traffic during peak hours seemed perhaps the best option.  

"Closing streets to through traffic from 6 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Sunday would be a good balance," observed a survey participant, for example.
Legislative Update with Senator Sara Feigenholtz
TODAY, Thursday, May 28
12:00 p.m.

Join State Senator Sara Feigenholtz for a recap of last week's legislative session. Items on the agenda include, Small Business Relief, Cocktails to Go, Fiscal Year 2021 Budget, and more.

Please send your questions and RSVP here
Health & Sanitation Practices in the Age of COVID-19: An Employee Tests Positive, Now What?
TODAY, Thursday, May 28
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Join the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and hear from Sophie Evanoff, President of Vanille Patisserie, give a real world account of an employee testing positive and the steps she took for her business. Plus, James Erwin of Erwin Law will share legal tips on how to prepare your business if an employee tests positive for COVID-19. 

Please register using the link above.
Office of Labor Standards Webinars
TODAY, Thursday, May 28
2:00 p.m.

The Office of Labor Standards (OLS) is dedicated to promoting and enforcing Chicago's labor laws and is hosting webinars every Tuesday and Thursday through June. OLS will host webinars on the following topics, Fair Work Week Ordinance, Minimum Wage Ordinance, and Paid Sick Leave ordinance.

Please register using the link above, or visit their website here.
BACP Reopening Webinar for Businesses
Friday, May 29
12:00 p.m. (English)
4:00 p.m. (Spanish)

Mayor Lightfoot has released a series of industry guidelines to safely and responsibly enter Phase 3 of the reopening of Chicago. Join this webinar for an overview of the businesses that will reopen and the guidance those businesses will need to follow during Phase 3.

Please register using the webinar link above. Additional webinars will be scheduled the week of June 1st for specific industry guidance. Please email  with any webinar questions.
Be Your Own Boss Paid Virtual Summer Internship
Apply by June 12

Be Your Own Boss is a two-week paid virtual summer internship open to high school students currently enrolled in Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Charter Schools. Learn how to create and pitch your own business idea while you get a VIP tour of Chicago's startup community.

To learn more about the internship and to apply, visit
Support our Neighborhood Restaurants

Many of the restaurants that add so much to our community are struggling during this crisis. Please patronize our neighborhood businesses as much as possible and try to order directly from the restaurant.

If you are open for business, let us know.
#43 Wears Masks 

Okay, we've shown you pictures, now here's an authority figure: Mr. T.

Watch the video here!

Be safe and Wear A Mask!


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