“Business curfew” issued by Chicago officials under new COVID rules

Written by on October 22, 2020

(CHICAGO) On Thursday, officials in Chicago issued a “business curfew” requiring certain businesses in Chicago to close by 10 p.m. as COVID-19 metrics continue to climb in the city, NBC reports.

The curfew starts on Friday and will require all non-essential businesses to close from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. and will remain in place for at least two weeks.

The following is a list of businesses deemed “essential” according to Chicago’s stay-at-home order that was enacted at the outset of the pandemic in March:

  • Animal Grooming Services
  • Emergency City services and other essential government services
  • Hospitals, healthcare and public health operations
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, corner stores, and all other stores that sell groceries and medicine
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants for consumption off-premises
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation, including bike shops
  • Greenhouses, Garden Centers and Nurseries
  • Transportation, for purposes of Essential Travel
  • Financial institutions
  • Day care centers
  • Hardware and supply stores
  • Essential Infrastructure:Working in food production, distribution and sale; construction; building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical; distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood controlsolid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video, and telecommunications systems
  • Food, beverage and cannabis production and agriculture
  • Organizations that provide charitable and social services
  • Media
  • Critical trades, including: plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers that maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations
  • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
  • Educational institutions, for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions
  • Supplies to work from home
  • Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
  • Home-based care and services
  • Residential facilities and shelters
  • Religious gatherings are permitted if they are limited to 10 people and adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • Professional services
  • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
  • Critical labor union functions
  • Hotels and motels,to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services
  • Funeral services

All other businesses will have to adhere to the new set of regulations.

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