Regulations

Cook County Announces Vaccine Requirements for Restaurants, Bars, Fitness Facilities, and Other Indoor Public Places Beginning January 3, 2022

The Cook County Department of Public Health announced that any person age 5 years of age or older will be required to show proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine indoors, visit fitness facilities, or enjoy entertainment venues where food or drink are being served. Persons age 16 years of age or older will also need to provide identification that matches their vaccination record.

Businesses must display signage about the mitigations at every entrance and prominently within the facility. Downloadable signage can be found on the Cook County Department of Public Health's website.

If any employees of these venues and establishments are not fully vaccinated, the employer must ensure that these employees both continue to mask when interacting with patrons and provide proof of a weekly negative COVID-19 test. Information on the vaccines can be found on the Cook County Department of Public Health's website. 
 
The mitigation order went into effect on January 3, 2022 and is in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases both locally and nationally, driven in part by the Omicron variant.