Chicago to ease capacity limits, open bars

Chicago to ease capacity limits, open bars

TRD CHICAGO /
Sep.September 29, 2020 10:16 AM
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and a restaurant in downtown Chicago (Getty)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and a restaurant in downtown Chicago (Getty)

Capacity regulations are being upped in Chicago — from minimal to less-than-half.

Restaurants, gyms, retailers and salons can now operate at 40 percent — up from the previous 25 percent. However, a 50-person limit is still in place indoors, along with a cap of six per table, according to Crain’s.

Bars are also allowed to operate again, at 25 percent capacity, but even that has caveats. Customers can stay for no longer than two hours, although closing time will be extended until 1:30 a.m. The cutoff for alcohol sales at grocery or liquor stores is 9 p.m.

“Every little bit helps. We’re moving in the right direction,” Sam Toia, president and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association, told Crain’s. The association has been pushing for 50 percent capacity.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot first allowed indoor dining in June. For New York City, indoor dining begins tomorrow at 25 percent capacity.

[Crain’s] — Sasha Jones


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