Suburban Cook County Mitigations

The following mitigations have been issued by IDPH and will be enforceable by CCDPH and law enforcement. The measures will go into effect Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 12:01 a.m.

Bars and restaurants

  • All bars and restaurants close at 11 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6 a.m. the following day
  • No indoor dining or service
  • All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, social events and gatherings:

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable


  • Continued emphasis on telework for as many workers as possible

Organized group recreational activities & gyms (fitness centers, sports, etc.)

  • All sports guidance effective Aug 15, 2020 remains in effect
  • Outdoor activities (not included in the above exposure settings) continue per state guidance

In addition to the required mitigations above, CCDPH reminds residents of the Continued Mitigation Strategies that were recommended by the department on August 3:

  • Restaurant and bar maximum party size of 6 people per table outdoors
  • Indoor fitness class maximum class size of 10
  • No personal services that require removal of face coverings (e.g. facials and shaves)
  • Residential property managers are asked to limit guest entry to 6 people per unit
  • Continue to recommend self-quarantine based on travel guidance to states with high rates of community transmission

For more information, visit the Cook County ShinyApp for CCDPH data, and the IDPH Regional COVID Resurgence Criteria webpage for Region 10 data. For the most frequently asked questions by businesses regarding Phase 4 guidelines and the mitigation measures, visit the Illinois Department of Commerce of Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website.

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