Please see below for a series of important updates for businesses from the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP). Halloweek Guidelines
As we approach Halloween, I want to remind everyone of the importance in continuing to follow the reopening guidelines to ensure a safe and responsible celebration. Halloween cannot become an excuse to have parties that flout reopening rules. BACP will continue to enforce the guidelines during Halloween, including the requirement to have patrons seated while eating and drinking, to keep no more than six people per table, to maintain capacity limits, to wear face coverings except when seated and eating and drinking and to ensure social distancing. Please visit chicagohalloweek.org for the guidelines for a safe Halloween and read this flyer for Best Practices for Bars and Restaurants during Halloween.
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends everyone six months and older receive a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. The flu vaccine has saved millions of lives. It is safe, effective and helps reduce the risk of severe outcomes, including hospitalization and death. It is also readily available citywide at many doctor’s offices, pharmacies, community health centers, and flu clinics. To make it easier for residents to find a location to be vaccinated, CDPH has relaunched the Chicago Flu Vaccine Finder, a web-based app that shows the closest location at which the flu shot is available.
Additionally, CDPH has scheduled more than 50 community flu clinics over the next two months where residents can get their flu shot for no out-of-pocket cost, regardless of immigration status and ability to pay. Over 40 recurring flu clinics will be hosted at large locations across the City, such as Chicago’s City Colleges, and multiple smaller, one-time clinics in high-risk communities. CDPH is adjusting their flu clinic operations to increase capacity, allow for appropriate social distancing and protect both our staff and clients. Walk-ins are welcome, but to prevent waiting, we strongly encourage everyone to make an appointment.
For more information about the flu and to see the full list of community flu clinics in Chicago, visit chicago.gov/flu.
Election Day Preparation
As you know, November 3 is Election Day. All residents are free to practice their right to vote and, whatever the outcome of the 2020 election may be, everyone has a right to peacefully protest. As always, public safety remains the priority and the City is prepared for large gatherings and protests. Please stay tuned for more information and sign up for ChiBiz Emergency Alerts by texting “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3 or visiting chicago.gov/chibizalerts.
Resources for Bars, Restaurants and Performing Arts Venues
As a reminder, the City of Chicago has put together Winter Outdoor Dining Guidelines to ensure safe and responsible outdoor operations for bars and restaurants through the winter months. Please review this information closely to ensure that your outdoor setup complies with these guidelines. Additionally, please join BACP, the Department of Buildings and the Department of Transportation for a webinar this Friday at 11:30am for an overview of the Winter Dining Guidelines. Learn more and register at chicago.gov/businesseducation.
As another reminder, please be aware of the new Performing Arts Venue Relief Program that will provide $10,000 grants to up to 120 for-profit and nonprofit Chicago-based performing arts venues that have lost significant revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application is open now and will be available until October 23 at 5:00 pm Central Standard Time. Grants will be distributed via a lottery system to qualified recipients.
Please be advised that the City has partnered with Tock to offer a free set-up and six-month subscription to Tock Plus Lite for restaurants and bars without a reservation system in areas of the city below 60% of the Area Median Income. For more information, please visit: www.exploretock.com/join/get-started.
Chicago area restaurants will soon be able to apply to receive a $5,000 grant to defray winterization expenses such as the cost of heating equipment, additional safety materials to improve indoor dining, upgrades for air filtration systems, bulk orders of blankets for patrons, and more through DoorDash’s Main Street Strong initiative. Applications open on October 16, and recipients will be notified by the end of December. Restaurants can find full details and the application on the Hello Alice website beginning October 16th here.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank for your continued commitment to keeping Chicagoans safe.