Where you must show proof of COVID vaccination in Chicago, Cook County – NBC Chicago

Although top health officials are advising continued diligence around the pandemic, Chicago has likely passed the peak of the omicron variant COVID-19 and more people may be looking to get out in the city and surrounding suburbs this weekend.

In Chicago and Cook County, a vaccination mandate remains in place, requiring residents ages 5 and older to provide proof of COVID vaccinations before visiting restaurants, bars and gyms, among others.

So where will you need to have your vaccination records handy?

Here is a breakdown:

Chicago

Proof of vaccination rules in Chicago will apply to anyone age 5 and older and includes restaurants, bars, gyms and other places like sports and entertainment arenas. The rules do not apply to those who are inside the premises for less than 10 minutes, such as those picking up takeout.

Under the new guidelines, people aged 5 and over must show proof of full vaccination, but anyone aged 16 and over will also need to provide ID that matches their vaccination record. Employees at these locations will also be required to be vaccinated or wear a mask and show proof of negative weekly COVID-19 tests.

The city noted that its indoor mask mandate also remains in effect.

Here’s where you’ll need to show proof of vaccination

Indoor dining room

Establishments where food or drink is served, including but not limited to restaurants, bars, fast food outlets, cafes, tasting rooms, cafeterias, food courts, grocery store dining rooms, breweries, wineries, distilleries, banquet halls and hotel ballrooms

Indoor fitness

Gyms and fitness rooms, including but not limited to gyms, recreation facilities, fitness centers, yoga, Pilates, cycling, barre and dance studios, gyms hotel sports, boxing and kickboxing gyms, fitness training camps and other facilities used to conduct group indoor fitness classes.

Indoor entertainment and recreation places where food or drink is served

Including but not limited to cinemas, music and concert halls, performance halls, adult entertainment halls, commercial events and party halls, sports arenas, theaters performing arts, bowling alleys, arcades, card rooms, family entertainment centers, playgrounds, pool and billiard halls and others
recreational play centers.

Places not included in the requirement:

  • places of worship
  • grocery stores (although food sections inside grocery stores are included)
  • locations at O’Hare International Airport or Midway International Airport
  • locations in a residential or office building whose use is limited to residents, owners or tenants of that building
  • food service establishments providing only charitable food services, such as soup kitchens
  • schools and daycares

Exemptions

• People entering an establishment less than 10 minutes to order and
perform food; deliver goods; or use the bathroom;
• A non-resident entertainer who does not perform regularly or render services
in an indoor venue, or a non-resident individual accompanying such a show
performer, while the performer or individual is in a covered area to
purposes of the performance of this artist;
• A non-resident professional athlete or a non-resident person accompanying such
professional athlete, who enters a covered place as part of his
competitive employment of professional athletes/sports teams;
• People who have already received a medical or religious exemption (for example
of an employer), provided that these clients present proof of establishment of the
medical or religious exemption and a doctor-administered COVID-19 test
professional within 72 hours prior to entry.
• A person aged 18 or under who enters a covered place to
participate in an activity organized by a school or an after-school program offered by
any public or non-public K-12 school; and
• An individual who enters for the purpose of voting in a municipal, state or federal
election; or, in accordance with the law, to assist or accompany an elector or to observe
election

Cook County

Suburban Cook County will also join Chicago in requiring proof of vaccination for these spaces.

The county ordinance – which includes all suburbs except Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park and Stickney – requires proof of vaccination for patrons age 5 and older in indoor settings where food or drinks are served, including bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, fitness facilities and more. Anyone aged 16 and over must also present an identity document corresponding to their vaccination file.

Some of the suburbs not included in the ordinance chose to enact a mandate alongside the county. At the same time, some Cook County suburbs included in the mandate are choosing not to implement it.

Here’s where you’ll need to show proof of vaccination

Indoor dining room

Establishments where food or drink is served for consumption on the premises. These include, but are not limited to, restaurants, bars, fast food outlets, cafes, tasting rooms, cafeterias, food courts, grocery store dining rooms, breweries, wineries, distilleries, banquet halls and hotel ballrooms.

Indoor fitness

Fitness centers include, but are not limited to, establishments such as health clubs, yoga studios, group fitness classes, recreation centers, and dance studios.

Indoor entertainment and recreation places where food or drink is served

Entertainment venues include, but are not limited to, cinemas, concert halls, theater and music venues, sports arenas, bowling alleys and arcades.

What about places that are not included in the new guidelines?

Places not included in the requirement:

-Places of worship

-K-12 schools, preschools and daycare centers

-Indoor locations in a residential or office building that are restricted to residents, owners or tenants of the building

-Charity catering establishments, such as soup kitchens

Exemptions

-People entering an establishment for less than 10 minutes to order and make food, make a delivery or use the restroom

-People who have already received a medical exemption, provided that proof of the medical exemption and proof of a negative COVID test within the last 24 hours are provided to the company upon entry.

-A non-resident performer or non-resident individual accompanying the performer who does not perform regularly in a business where the order applies.

– A non-resident professional athlete or a non-resident person accompanying the athlete who enters a covered place in the course of his regular employment for the purpose of professional sports or athletic competition.

-A person 18 years of age or younger who enters a business to participate in a school activity or after-school program offered by a public or non-public K-12 school.

– Any person entering a business for the purpose of voting in an election, assisting or accompanying a voter or observing an election.

-A person 18 years of age or younger who enters a business subject to this order to participate in an activity sponsored by a school, park district, daycare or after-school program, or other organizations as defined in the guidelines from the Cook County Department of Public Health

-Youth or adults participating in special recreational programs

-Spectators of indoor sporting events provided that no food or drink is served and that they remain masked at all times

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