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Chicago Restaurants, Bars Cleared for Increase to 50% Capacity

The Lightfoot administration on Tuesday further eased COVID-19 regulations for Chicago businesses, thanks to sustained progress in all four reopening metrics. Effective immediately, indoor capacity at bars, restaurants and other businesses can increase to 50%.

Additionally, bars and restaurants can now remain open until 1:00 a.m., alcohol sales from liquor stores and other establishments with a Package Goods license may now continue until 11:00 p.m. and indoor fitness class size can increase to 20 people.

“We have made incredible progress in recent weeks and months, and I thank our business community for their ongoing commitment to saving lives,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Other industries, such as performance venues, health and fitness centers, movie theaters and personal services, can also increase to 50% capacity, with no more than 50 people within any one space and 20 people in indoor fitness classes.

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