CHICAGO – As we speak, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, together with CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. BACP Commissioner Rosa Escareño, metropolis and group leaders, introduced Chicago has moved to Part 5, absolutely reopening town as of June 11, and an thrilling alternative to get Chicagoans again to town this summer time.
“As a result of unimaginable progress we have made in our mission to cease the unfold of COVID-19, I’m thrilled to announce that we’re in a position to safely transition into Part 5 and grow to be the primary main metropolis within the nation to completely reopen,” stated Mayor Lightfoot. “Our ongoing vaccination efforts, which prioritize fairness and inclusion, have made a outstanding distinction in our COVID-19 journey and have resulted within the lowest positivity fee because the starting of the pandemic. This progress, in addition to ongoing initiatives comparable to Open Chicago, have allowed us to securely carry capability limits and reconnect our residents again to the actions they love essentially the most. With at present’s announcement and much more residents persevering with to do their half and get vaccinated, we’re one step nearer to having the ability to put this pandemic in our rear-view mirror.”
As Chicago turns into the biggest main U.S. metropolis to reopen, Mayor Lightfoot partnered with Raise Marketplace and World Enterprise Chicago to present away a whole lot of present playing cards to thank Chicagoans, particularly healthcare professionals and frontline employees, for navigating by way of the pandemic.
“We’re extremely honored to companion with Mayor Lightfoot and town on this initiative to point out our appreciation to those that have made a distinction in the neighborhood throughout the pandemic, whereas additionally encouraging Chicagoans to discover their metropolis and help native companies,” stated Jay Klauminzer, CEO of Increase Market.
From at present by way of July 4, a whole lot of $250 present playing cards will likely be hidden at totally different places every weekend in all 77 of Chicago’s neighborhoods to encourage individuals to get again out to native companies this summer time. The present playing cards can be utilized on Increase Market at greater than 4,000 retailers and eating places all through the Metropolis of Chicago.
“This historic day is a testomony to the exhausting work of Chicagoans to comply with COVID-19 security protocols and the ability of vaccines,” stated CDPH Commissioner Dr. Alison Arwady, M.D. “Whereas our case charges are the bottom because the pandemic started, COVID-19 has not gone away fully, and overwhelmingly, those that are being recognized are those that are unvaccinated. Chicagoans who should not but vaccinated ought to get a vaccine as quickly as potential – it’s one of the best ways to guard your self, your loved ones, and your group.”
Vaccines are protected, efficient, broadly out there, and fully free, and everybody age 12 and older is eligible. Vaccines can be found to all at mass vaccination websites like Chicago State College and the United Heart, in addition to at dozens of pop-up occasions, cellular vaccination websites, and particular occasions in communities all through Chicago. A whole record of pop-ups and occasions is offered at chicago.gov/vaxcalendar and the calendar is up to date weekly.
Primarily based on steerage from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Illinois, the Metropolis of Chicago not requires masks for absolutely vaccinated individuals in most settings. In case you are not absolutely vaccinated, you must proceed to put on your masks in all indoor settings. Nevertheless, no matter vaccination standing, everyone seems to be required to put on masks in sure settings, together with well being care settings, colleges, correctional/congregate websites, and on public transportation.
For companies, Part 5 means a broad lifting of COVID-19 restrictions throughout industries. For the primary time since March 15, 2020, companies can function with out capability limits, masks mandates, social distancing, or the prohibition of particular enterprise actions. Masks will nonetheless be required in sure settings, comparable to well being care services, public transportation (which incorporates taxis, liveries, and ride-hail providers), correctional services, shelters, and colleges. Since public well being steerage recommends that non-vaccinated people put on masks when indoors and unable to social distance, companies are inspired to submit signage indicating that masks are nonetheless really helpful for unvaccinated clients.
Many companies will select to maintain sure rules in place for the security of their clients and workers, together with requiring masks for all clients, and the Metropolis helps any enterprise that makes this selection. Many Chicagoans will even proceed to put on masks, even when they’re absolutely vaccinated – companies must be supportive of shoppers and workers that proceed sporting a face overlaying. Full enterprise steerage might be discovered at chicago.gov/reopening.
“These final 15 months have been grueling, however I’m extremely happy with our companies which have repeatedly stepped as much as preserve their workers and clients protected,” stated BACP Commissioner Rosa Escareño. “I need to thank each Chicago enterprise proprietor and employee for doing their half, and I’m excited to work with you all as we proceed to recuperate from this devastating pandemic.”
The Metropolis’s reopening follows the discharge of the Central City Recovery Roadmap, a information to the revitalization of Chicago’s higher downtown space. The roadmap builds upon the July 2020 “Forward Together” plan, the primary Covid-19 restoration effort of any main U.S. metropolis. Roadmap sub-committees centered on Economic system and Commerce, Tradition and Tourism, Transportation and Mobility, and Residents and Neighborhood. Key methods highlighted within the report embrace protected, dependable public transit; enhanced pedestrian and bike infrastructure; modern programming from community-based organizations, and long-term strategic planning for key arterials.
Alongside the report’s launch, the Metropolis has introduced three new avenue activation sequence in partnership with main civic organizations – bringing to life the report’s suggestions on activating a thriving avenue and cultural scene. Recognizing the significance of office return commitments to Chicago’s persevering with restoration, the Metropolis can be main by instance with its workforce – with Metropolis workers returning to places of work in individual 5 days every week by June 28.
As town absolutely reopens for the summer time, we urge residents to proceed to be protected and get vaccinated. To be taught extra concerning the Part 5 reopening, go to chicago.gov/reopening.