Outdoor Dining

Phase 3

The Recovery Phase of the Restore Illinois public health approach to reopening the Illinois economy includes returning people to work, businesses reopening and group gatherings of 10 or fewer. We must all continue to social distance, frequently wash our hands and cover our faces to maintain progress in overcoming COVID-19.

The following documents apply to businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • Full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants, snack and non-alcoholic beverage bars, taverns, and other food services and drinking places licensed to serve food, beverages and liquor for consumption by the relevant local jurisdiction and State Liquor Control Board, if applicable, that can follow all minimum guidelines outlined in this document
  • In Phase III, services for Restaurants and Bars should be limited to:
    • Outdoor dining and/or drinking only 1; and
    • Parties of 6 persons or fewer.
  • For the purposes of these guidelines, a dining or drinking area is considered an outdoor dining or drinking area if the area meets any of the following criteria:
    • Located on the rooftop of a building or within establishment with retractable roof (should remain open during hours of operation of outdoor dining and/or drinking); or
    • Outdoor space connected to or located on the site of a restaurant, grocery store, health or fitness center, hotel, golf club, or other social club with a food establishment license; or
    • Indoor space where 50% or more of a wall can be removed via the opening of windows, doors, or panels provided that dining tables are within 8-ft from such opening; or
    • Any other outdoor dining and drinking areas authorized by local governments provided that food and drinks are prepared by licensed food or liquor establishments and that proper social distancing of 6-ft between designated customer tables and/or other seating areas is observed and parties are of 6 persons or fewer.
  • For the purposes of these guidelines, businesses may be subject to additional regulations on outdoor dining by units of local government and local health departments
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Industry Guidelines

Read the full guidelines for reopening and recommended best practices.

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Industry Posters (Graphic)

Visual snapshot of key guidelines to print and post in public or employee areas.

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Industry Posters (Text)

Shortened guidelines to share and/or print and post in employee areas.

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Industry Checklists

Complete these before you reopen.

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Social Media

A series of graphics for you to use on your social channels.

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Industry Toolkit

This toolkit contains all of the materials on this page in one place.

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Poster Resources - Restore Illinois Phase 3

Signage Resources

Keep your workers safe in the workplace and limit the spread of COVID-19 with these helpful signs.