Everything to Know About the New Vaccine Requirements in Chicago, Cook County – NBC Chicago

Where will you need to show proof of vaccination in Chicago and Cook County now? What proof is accepted? Do you need a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated?

As new vaccine requirements take effect for many in the Chicago area, here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about the new mitigations.

Where are vaccinations required?


The proof of vaccine rules in Chicago will apply to everyone age 5 and older and includes restaurants, bars, gyms and other venues like sports and entertainment arenas. The rules don’t apply to those inside venues for less than 10 minutes, like those picking up takeout.

According to the new guidelines, those 5 and older must show proof of full vaccination, but anyone ages 16 and older will also need to provide identification that matches their vaccination record. Employees at such venues will also need to either be vaccinated or wear a mask and show proof of weekly negative COVID-19 tests.

The city noted its indoor mask mandate also remains in effect.

Here’s where you’ll need to show proof of vaccination:

Indoor Dining

Establishments where food or beverages are served, including, but not limited to, restaurants, bars, fast food establishments, coffee shops, tasting rooms, cafeterias, food courts, dining areas of grocery stores, breweries, wineries, distilleries, banquet halls, and hotel ballrooms

Indoor Fitness

Gyms and fitness venues, including, but not limited to, gyms, recreation facilities, fitness centers, yoga, Pilates, cycling, barre, and dance studios, hotel gyms, boxing and kickboxing gyms, fitness boot camps, and other facilities used for conducting indoor group fitness classes.

Indoor entertainment and recreation venues where food or beverages are served

Including, but not limited to, movie theaters, music and concert venues, live performance venues, adult entertainment venues, commercial event and party venues, sports arenas, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, card rooms, family entertainment centers, play areas, pool and billiard halls, and other
recreational game centers.

This includes the United Center, the venue said.

The arena’s new policy mirrors the city’s. Fans age 5 and older must show proof of full vaccination. Fans age 16 and over will also need to provide identification that matches their vaccination record. And the mask mandate is also still in effect.

A negative COVID-19 test will no longer be sufficient to enter the arena.

In Chicago, some museums have also chosen to adopt the new guidelines.

City officials said technically, only areas where indoor dining is allowed at museums would be subject to the new requirement.

“If an establishment has both indoor and outdoor portions (for example, a museum with indoor and outdoor spaces for patrons), only the indoor portion is covered by the Chicago Vaccine Requirement,” the city said in a statement. “In addition, it is only the dining area (food or drink) within a museum that needs to abide by the requirement.”

But you’ll want to check with each location individually, as some are requiring proof of vaccination to enter.

The Field Museum announced that it would require anyone age 5 or older to be vaccinated in order to enter.

Places not included in the requirement:

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