Cook County Department of Public Health Mitigation Guidance
The United States, Illinois and Cook County are in the early stages of a large surge of COVID cases due to the Omicron variant. On Dec. 23, 2021, Cook County Department of Public Health issued Mitigation Order 2021-11 to protect the health of the public in suburban Cook County. CCDPH’s jurisdiction does not include Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie or Stickney Township. Click on the links below for more information.
***Mitigation Order 2021-11 – Amended 1-20-22***
Effective January 3, 2022, all indoor settings where food or drink are served for on-premises consumption, and health and fitness centers are required by CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-11 to check the vaccination status of their patrons, and only allow entry for fully-vaccinated individuals age 5 and older. Additionally, employees of businesses are required to be vaccinated, or must provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test.
Businesses must also develop a written plan to document how they will enforce the order. A plan template is available here.
All Indoor settings where food or drink are served for on-premises consumption, and health and fitness centers must comply with the vaccination requirements in Mitigation Order 2021-11.
For more information, click the links below:
- Mitigation Order 2021-11 Press Release
- Mitigation Order 2021-11 (amended 01-20-22)
- Mitigation Order 2021-11 FAQs Document, 01-14-22
- Mitigation Order 2021-11 Webinar Slides, 12-27-21
- Vaccination and Masking Science Brief, 01-06-22
- Business Vaccination Compliance Plan (required)
- Signage for businesses – English | Spanish
- Proof of Vaccination for Patrons Protocol – Guidance and Template
- Audio and Video, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle discusses the order
- Audio Only, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle discusses the order
These include, but are not limited to:
- Indoor dining establishments, including bars, breweries, wine / spirit tasting rooms, restaurants, private clubs, country clubs, banquet halls, dining areas within any public business that is ancillary to the main business (cafes within grocery stores, other retail, etc.) coffee shops, food courts and food halls;
- Event spaces, including hotel ballrooms and commercial event and party venues and nightclubs.
- Recreation and entertainment venues in areas where food or beverages are served, including movie theaters, live performance spaces, including live theater and live music, sports arenas, skating rinks, adult entertainment venues, arcades, bowling alleys, play spaces, family entertainment centers, billiard halls, and venues for card playing; and
- All indoor settings for recreation and exercise, including health clubs, gyms, fitness centers, hotel fitness centers, recreation centers, yoga studios, cross-fit studios, cycling studios, dance studios, fieldhouses, boxing and kickboxing gyms, and other facilities conducting group fitness classes indoors.
The following individuals are exempt from the vaccination requirements for entry:
- Individuals entering an establishment for less than 10 minutes for ordering and carrying out food; making a delivery; or using restroom facilities.
- Individuals who have previously received a medical exemption, as long as proof of the medical exemption and a COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 24 hours prior to entering a business covered by the Order are provided to the business upon entry.
- A nonresident performing artist or nonresident person accompanying the artist who is not regularly performing in a business where the Order applies, but only while in the business for the duration of the performance.
- A nonresident professional athlete or nonresident person accompanying the athlete, who enters a covered location as part of their regular employment for purposes of the professional athletic or sports team competition.
- An individual 18 years of age or younger who enters a business subject to this Order to participate in a school activity or after-school program offered by any pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public or non-public school.
- Any individual 18 years of age or younger participating in youth athletics or recreation, unless such athletic event or recreational activity takes place in an establishment where food or drink is served for consumption throughout the establishment (ex. Concessions sold for consumption throughout an entertainment venue)
- Any individual participating in recreation programs though special recreation for individuals with disabilities.
- Any person entering a business subject to this Order for the purposes of voting in a municipal, state, or federal election; or, pursuant to law, assisting or accompanying a voter or observing such elections.
Business / Indoor Venues that are exempt from the vaccination requirements/ employee vaccination and testing requirements in this Order:
- Houses of worship and does not limit the free exercise of religion. To protect the health and safety of faith leaders, staff, congregants and visitors, religious organizations and houses of worship are strongly encouraged to consult and follow CDC recommendations for Communities of Faith. Religious organizations are strongly encouraged to take steps to ensure social distancing, and implementation of other public health measures.
- K-12 schools, preschools, and child care centers.
- Indoor locations in a residential or office building the use of which is limited to residents, owners, or tenants of that building.
- Charitable food service establishments, such as soup kitchens.
Masking is required in CCDPH’s suburban Cook County jurisdiction, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, bars/taverns, health and fitness clubs, museums, hotels, personal services, performance venues, movie theaters, commercial buildings, event venues, healthcare settings, congregate facilities, on public transportation and in transportation hubs.
Businesses are required to post signage at all entrances to the premises as well as in an area visible to patrons and staff within the establishment. Signs are available for download here in English and Spanish.
Consistent with past practice, people may remove masks when stationary and actively eating or drinking in restaurants and bars, and when participating in activities that cannot be completed while masked, like facials or beard and mustache trims. In offices, masks can be taken off if the setting is not open to the public, and when employees are stationary and able to maintain a six-foot distance from all others in the office. In offices, masks need to be worn when not at work stations and when interacting with others.
All unvaccinated persons should wear face coverings in crowded settings, both indoors and outdoors, especially when youth are present.
All businesses and venues should support physical distancing to the extent possible, especially in indoor settings. Businesses and venues should apply best practices in managing distancing in such places as concessions/counters, public restrooms, and lines/queuing. Businesses and venues may continue to require face coverings and/or physical distancing.
The Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and Illinois Department of Public Health have separate guidance. Individuals in schools, day care settings, and educational institutions should continue to guidance issued by those departments.
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 2021-11
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-11 was issued on December 23, 2021, amended on January 3, 2022, and goes into effect on January 3, 2022, requiring masking in indoor public spaces and requiring patrons to be fully vaccinated in indoor spaces that serve food and drink for on-premises consumption and in health and fitness centers.
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-10
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-10 was issued on August 23, 2021 and requires individuals age 2 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-9
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-09 was issued on June 11, 2021 and updates the Mitigation Guidelines to reopening at full capacity.
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-8
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-08 was issued on May 14, 2021 and updates the Mitigation Guidelines capacities to enter the Bridge to Phase 5.
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-7
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-07 was issued on April 30, 2021.
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-6
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-6 was issued on March 26, 2021.
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-5
CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-5 was issued on March 2, 2021.
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.
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 here.
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