Chicago In Lockstep with State's June 11 Reopening

Chicago In Lockstep with State's June 11 Reopening

By:Marlene Goldman
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced last week the city will fall in line with Illinois' June 11 full reopening date by moving up its own reopening plans by three weeks. 

Illinois is set to enter its Phase 5 reopening this Friday, June 11, opening the door for Chicago and the rest of the state to host meetings and conventions. Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week released the guidelines for Phase 5. According to the governor, entry into Phase 5 "will mean businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, and seated-spectator venues, among others, will be able to operate at full capacity for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic."

"It is so important for our momentum as Chicago is such an iconic meetings destination for our industry," said ALHI CEO & President Michael Dominguez. "The destination has somuch history, culture and culinary experiences to offer to our meetings industry."

Chicago will follow the lead of the state June 11 reopening guidelines. Businesses in the state, such as restaurants and bars, are free to lift their capacity limits, though they can choose to impose their own restrictions such as requiring masks or proof of vaccination status beyond the June 11 reopening.

In Phase 5, large gatherings of all sizes can resume across all industry settings, and Phase 5 removes requirements that businesses institute mandatory social distancing in seated venues as well as daily health screenings of employees and visitors.

Masks will still be required for vaccinated people on public transit, and in airports, schools and hospitals or in most public settings for those who are unvaccinated.

With Mayor Lightfoot's announcement, Chicago will be the largest U.S. city to fully reopen by the June 11 date. New York City's mayor has projected July 1 for a full reopening, while that goal is June 15 for Los Angeles as well as the rest of California.


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