Are bars and restaurants currently open in Chicago?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Local Happenings, Safety on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 at 3:35 pm
Woman attempting to drink a beer while wearing a mask

The COVID-19 pandemic is, unfortunately, still hitting Chicago hard. As a result, many typical public elements of daily life have had to be restricted. Government enforcement has been a consistent necessity because many individuals have refused to follow recommendations when given the option.

As infection rates have waxed and waned over the past year, various restrictions have come and gone with them. Are bars and restaurants currently open in Chicago?


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Current Chicago Bar and Restaurant Coronavirus Regulations

People dine outdoors in a socially distanced fashion

Bars and restaurants in Chicago are currently only allowed to provide outdoor service to customers, and must follow a variety of other restrictions too. As of November 2020, indoor service at bars and restaurants continues to be forbidden, per an executive order issued on October 31st.

All customers eating or drinking on a business’s premises must be seated at outdoor tables spaced at least six feet apart. This restriction includes tables within eight feet of a wall that is at least 50% open. Even when outside, groups cannot exceed six people per table.

When do bars and restaurants in Chicago have to close?

All restaurants and bars in the City of Chicago region must close by 11:00 PM, and must remain closed until at least 6:00 AM the following day.

What restrictions apply to customers who are not yet seated?

Customers who are not yet seated at a table must wait off premises and, when waiting, must not congregate in groups larger than the party with whom they are dining.

Why do I need to have a reservation at all bars and restaurants?

Every party is required to have a reservation, even if made on-site, so that the restaurant or bar has all the information necessary to reach every party for contact tracing.

Are customers allowed to stand or dance at bars and restaurants in Chicago?

No. With the current regulations, standing, congregating or dancing on business premises is not permitted.


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