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What do the New Restrictions for Bars and Restaurants Mean for Entertainment in Chicago?

In the beginning of October, we started to see an uprise in live music and small events taking place. But as COVID cases have started to rise in a second wave, Governor JB Pritzker has announced new restrictions for bars and restaurants in Chicago that started Friday, October 30th.

Bars:

  • No indoor service
  • All bar outdoor service must close at 11:00pm
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party

Restaurants:

  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

These new restrictions are going to make it harder to have live events and performances. However, we believe we will see another push for virtual events, and a decrease in COVID cases for a fast return to live music, entertainment, and more!

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