Confused about Chicago’s proof of vaccination policy? Here is an explanation | Chicago News

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(WTTW News)

A public health order requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination went into effect Monday in Chicago. The order will remain in effect until the current wave of infections and hospitalizations has passed.

Let’s see who has to show what and where.

Do I have to show my vaccination card?

Anyone 5 years of age or older will need to prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter certain facilities.

Fully vaccinated means two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“Evidence” can take the form of a physical vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 or a photo with the person’s name, vaccine brand and dose dates clearly visible. Guests over 16 will also need to provide photo ID.


Where is proof of vaccination required?

Usually, you will need proof of your workout in the gym and to eat or drink inside, which is not limited to “bars and restaurants”. Here is a list of some of the indoor public spaces affected by the public health order:

– Restaurants, bars, fast food outlets, cafes, tasting rooms, cafeterias, food courts, grocery food courts, breweries, wineries, distilleries, banquet halls and hotel ballrooms.

– Gyms, recreation facilities and fitness centers.

– Yoga, Pilates, cycling, barre and dance studios.

– Hotel gyms, boxing and kickboxing gyms, fitness training camps and other facilities used to organize indoor group fitness classes.

– Movie theaters, concert and music halls, performance halls, adult entertainment venues, commercial event and party venues.

– Sports arenas, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, card arcades, family entertainment centers, play areas, billiard and billiard rooms and other recreational game centers.

– Major Chicago cultural institutions also require proof of vaccination, including the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

– Chicago Park District policy applies to adults over 18 years of age under the following circumstances: participation in indoor health and fitness classes (excluding special recreation) and independent use of indoor park or participation in a sporting event. Proof of vaccination is also required from adult spectators if food or drink is served. Adults and youth must show proof in order to attend private events inside park facilities.


Are there any exemptions?

Apart from children under 5, who should always be masked indoors if they are over 2, there are some exceptions to the proof of vaccination requirement. It’s OK for:

– Enter to use the toilets of an establishment without presenting proof of vaccination. Face masks are always mandatory.

– Order or collect take-out meals or make a delivery without proof of vaccination.

People who have benefited from a medical or religious exemption must provide proof of this allowance, as well as a negative COVID-19 test result received within 72 hours of entering a place covered by the public health order. .


What places doDon’t require proof of vaccination?

– Places of worship.

– Grocery stores (with a warning regarding indoor dining areas).

– Locations at O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

– Kindergarten to grade 12 schools and daycare centers.

– Locations in buildings where use is limited to residents, owners or tenants.

– Catering establishments offering only charitable food services, such as soup kitchens.

– Hotels (indoor dining rooms are not exempt).

Contact Patty Wetli: @pattywetli | (773) 509-5623 | [email protected]


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