Starting Monday, the city of Chicago and several surrounding suburbs will begin a warrant requiring proof of vaccination for certain indoor spaces, including restaurants, bars, gyms and more.
Here is an overview of which cities will and will not implement the mandate, when the restrictions will start and where you will need your vaccination record:
Chicago – Yes
Chicago is implementing a new vaccine mandate for certain indoor spaces like bars, restaurants and gyms across the city next year in a bid to slow an increase in COVID cases.
The new guidelines come into effect on January 3, requiring anyone aged 5 and over to present full proof of vaccination in order to dine indoors or visit gyms or entertainment venues where food and drink are available. are served.
Under the new guidelines, people aged 5 and over must show full proof of vaccination, but anyone aged 16 and over will also need to provide identification that matches their vaccination record. Employees at these sites will also need to be vaccinated or wear a mask and show proof of weekly negative COVID-19 tests.
The city noted that its indoor mask mandate also remains in effect.
Here is a complete list of places where vaccines will be needed.
Cook County – Yes
Suburbs of Cook County will join Chicago in demanding proof of vaccination for indoor public spaces like bars, restaurants and gyms in the New Year. The new mitigation, which aligns with Chicago’s mandate, begins at the same time as the city’s on Jan. 3, the Cook County Department of Public Health said.
The County Order – which includes all suburbs except Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park, and Stickney – requires proof of vaccination for guests 5 years of age and older in indoor locations 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 record.
Some of the suburbs not included in the decree have chosen to issue a warrant alongside the county. At the same time, some Cook County suburbs included in the mandate choose not to implement it. See more below.
Here is a complete list of places where proof of vaccination will be required in the county.
Evanston – Yes, but later
In Evanston, the new rules will take effect on January 10 and require customers at various indoor locations to provide proof of COVID vaccination before being allowed entry.
Evanston’s Rule will apply to businesses where food and drink is served for on-site consumption, such as restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and fitness facilities.
Oak Park – Yes, but later
Oak Park will also adopt similar rules on January 10.
Valid proof of vaccination will include a vaccination card or a digital or physical photo of a card. The village will also allow the use of digital vaccination cards on smartphones as proof of vaccination and will require residents to present an identity document corresponding to their vaccination card.
Skokie – Yes, but later
Skokie will also adopt the rules on January 10, with all clients over the age of five required to be fully immunized.
Orland Park – No, but check sole proprietorships first
Orland Park administrators have voted to challenge Cook County’s upcoming proof of vaccination mandate.
Now businesses must choose to follow the county or risk fines by following village rules.
Mayor Keith Pekau said the warrant was another example of government overrun, blaming Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle for placing the onus of enforcement on an extensive police force.
Orland Park Police Chief Joe Mitchell also criticized the warrant, pointing out that it was an âunfundedâ liability imposed on his officers.
Elk Grove Village – No, but check sole proprietorships first
Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson, whose community announced earlier this year will not enforce state guidelines requiring masks in indoor spaces, said the village will not enforce Cook County’s measure requiring proof of COVID vaccination.
“We have to learn to live with it, take the necessary precautions, but we have to do without it, one, scare people and go too far,” he said.