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Cook County Department of Public Health Mitigation Guidance

Illinois COVID-19 regional metrics for movement between mitigation tiers and phases have been updated in Executive Order 2021-03. The current Region 10 COVID-19 metrics can be found here.

We urge Cook County residents to follow best practices from the CDC and Illinois Guidance to limit their risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. Requirements for masking, social distancing, and the implementation of capacity limits in public and work places is still in effect per 77 Ill. Adm. Code 690.

On February 2, 2021, the state of Illinois announced that Region 10, which includes suburban Cook County, entered Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Cook County Department of Public Health has issued Mitigation Orders reflecting its approach to relaxing mitigations in Phase 4. This approach is aligned with the approach of the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Stickney Township Public Health District and implements a slightly more gradual approach to reopening in some sectors across Cook County. See the list of below for all Orders that have been issued. 

Mitigation Order 2021-6, effective March 26, increases the following capacity limits: 

  • Outdoor dining party size increase from 6 to 10 
  • Outdoor fitness classes increase from 50 to 100 people 
  • Indoor fitness classes increase from 20 people to the lesser of 50% capacity or 50 people, as long as class participants can maintain a distance of six feet and wear face coverings at all times
  • Outdoor Meetings/social events increase from 50%/50 people to 50%/100
  • Outdoor recreation/outdoor activities increase from group size 50, max in one space 100 to group size 50, multiple groups allowed
  • Seated spectator events – outdoor venues with  capacity < 200 are limited to 50% capacity with no more than 50 individuals, and venues with capacity >200 are limited to 25% capacity
  • Amusement parks limited to 25% capacity 

Additionally,  Mitigation Order 2021-6 states that all people count in calculating capacity limits – whether they are fully vaccinated or not.   

It also reinforces the importance of masking places by including language requiring that all 2 year of age and older who can medically tolerate a mask wear one in public places. 

Please consult Mitigation Order 2021-6 for a full list of mitigation measures and recommended practices. 

Establishments previously cited for violation under the Cook County Department of Public Health Mitigation Orders 2020-1 and 2020-2 will be retained by the Department but not listed. Should Orders come back into effect, issued citations will be posted on this webpage.

CCDPH Mitigation Orders

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, several Mitigation Orders and Recommendations have been issued by the Cook County Department of Public Health. The Mitigation Orders can be seen below:

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-6 

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-5

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-4

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-3

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-2

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-1

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2020-2

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2020-1

CCDPH Mitigation Guidance – Recommended Restrictions

CCDPH Mitigation Orders

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, several Mitigation Orders and Recommendations have been issued by the Cook County Department of Public Health. The Mitigation Orders can be seen below:

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-4

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-04 was issued on February 16, 2021 and updates the Mitigation Guidelines capacities for Social Settings. increasing indoor dining capacities to the lesser of 40% or 50 people.

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-3

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-3 was issued on February 10, 2021 and updates the Mitigation Guidelines capacities for Social Settings. increasing indoor dining capacities to the lesser of 25% or 50 people.

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-2

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-2 was issued on February 5, 2021 and updates the Mitigation Guidelines capacities for Social Settings

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-1

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-01 was issued on February 2, 2021 initiates Phase 4 Mitigation Guidance.

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2020-2

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2020-02 was issued on December 20, 2020 and discusses progression to COVID-19 Tier 3 Mitigation. Guidance included for capacities of various social settings under Tier 3 Mitigation guidelines.

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2020-1

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2020-01 was issued on November 6, 2020 discussing changes and updates to the initial CCDPH Mitigation Guidance and recommended restriction.

CCDPH Mitigation Guidance - Recommended Restrictions

CCDPH Mitigation Guidance – Recommended Restrictions was issued on August 3, 2020 and discusses recommended restrictions based on COVID-19 case increases. Recommendations are given for bars, restaurants, gyms, retail and indoor/outdoor activities.

Executive Orders

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, several Executive Orders and Recommendations have been issued by the State of Illinois and Governor Pritzker. The Executive Orders can be viewed below:

Executive Order 2021-03

Executive Order 2021-03 was issued on January 19, 2021 and updates the Mitigation Tiers and Phases

Executive Order 2021-02

Executive Order 2021-02 was issued on January 15, 2021 and discusses additions, changes and updates under the Tiered Mitigation Order

Executive Order 2021-01

Executive Order 2021-01 was issued on January 8, 2021 discusses various changes and updates to previously issued Executive Orders

2020 Executive Orders (All)

Updated 2/10/2021, 7:45 PM

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