Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Phase 4

The Revitalization Phase of the Restore Illinois public health approach to reopening the Illinois economy includes larger gathering sizes, additional businesses reopening and increased capacities. 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:

  • The IDPH provides the following safety guidance for retail restaurant and bar establishments. To prevent exposure to and the spread of COVID-19 the Department provides the following guidance. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts, becomes available.
  • At this time, restaurant and bar establishments are allowed to resume indoor dining operations, as included in part of Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan. The Restore Illinois plan breaks the State up into 4 different regions, each of which will be evaluated based on several metrics individually to determine which Phase of recovery that region is in. To determine what phase each region of the State is in, please visit the following link: Phase of Restore Illinois. Once the region in which a retail restaurant and bar establishment is located is promoted to Phase IV of the recovery, operations can resume following this IDPH Restaurant and Bar Establishment Reopening Safety Guidance.
  • Note: Organizations that operate across multiple workplace environments should refer to applicable Phase IV guidelines for guidance on those workplaces
  • Note: Effective May 14, 2021 seated area capacity of restaurants and bars should be determined by arranging seating to provide a minimum of six feet between tables or other designated patron service areas. Standing area capacity of restaurants or bars may operate at maximum of 30% of standing area capacity for indoor settings, and 50% of standing area for outdoor settings. Capacity restrictions will be reassessed based on the latest science and public health metrics on an ongoing basis throughout Phase IV
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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 Guidelines

Read the full guidelines for reopening and recommended best practices.

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Signage Resources

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

Additional bar and restaurant specific signage can be found here.