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Cook County Department of Public Health Mitigation Guidance

Effective August 23, 2021, masking is required in indoor public settings 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 2021-10

CCDPH Mitigation Order 2021-10 was issued on August 23, 2021 and updates the Mitigation Guidelines to reopening at full capacity.

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.

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 here.

Updated 5/20/2021, 3:11 PM

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