In a move to combat Chicago’s rising COVID-19 case rates and to slow Omicron’s spread, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a mandate for indoor dining establishments, fitness centers and gyms, theatres, and entertainment venues in the city to check the vaccination status for all patrons 5 and over. Churches, grocery stores, airports, and office buildings are exempt from the rule. The rule will go into effect on Jan. 3 and will only apply to Chicago establishments.
The mandate does not apply to employees working at the business establishments, but employees are required to wear masks when dealing with customers and to provide weekly negative COVID-19 test results. People 16 and older will be required to provide an ID that matches their vaccination record.
READ MORE ABOUT THE CITY’S PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIREMENT HERE.