In response to the current surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) recently issued a new mitigation order covering businesses within its suburban Cook County jurisdiction. Specifically, the order continues the requirement for all individuals to wear masks in indoor public areas regardless of vaccination status. In addition, this order also requires proof of vaccination for customers of indoor settings where food or drink are served for on premise consumption, like restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. This proof of vaccination will also be required for patrons of fitness centers. CCDPH Order 2021-11 will go into effect January 3, 2022.
Under the order, businesses must also display signage about mask and vaccination requirements at every entrance and at places visible to customers and employees.
Fitness centers include settings like health clubs, yoga studios, group fitness classes, recreation centers, and dance studios. Entertainment venues include movie theaters, concert venues, live theater and music spaces, sports arenas, bowling alleys and arcades. These businesses must also develop a written plan detailing how they will check vaccine status and how they will enforce this order. Patrons in these facilities must also remain masked and physically distance when possible.
Suburban Cook County is seeing over 500 new cases per 100,000 population daily and the test positivity rate is 7.8 percent as of last week. Recent data also shows hospital ICU capacity at 10.8 percent bed availability.