Dear Chicago Residents and Partners,
As Governor Pritzker's modified Stay at Home order goes into effect today, Friday, May 1, local municipalities and cities are permitted to enact stricter provisions than those in the Executive Order. To ensure Chicago continues to flatten the COVID-19 curve and slow the rate of increase in total cases in the city, the City of Chicago is announcing local modifications to the order that will build on our progress.
Starting today, all Chicago residents and visitors over the age of two and for whom wearing a face-covering is medically feasible will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can't maintain a six-foot social distance. As part of the City's efforts to ensure residents have access to cloth masks, the City will partner with diverse local vendors to create and distribute one million reusable cloth masks. As part of this effort, a total of 250,000 will be distributed to Aldermanic offices over the coming weeks to provide to their constituents and an additional 750,000 reusable cloth masks will be provided to vulnerable populations this month through our Racial Equity Rapid Response Team.
Under the modified order, the Lakefront, including its adjacent trails, green spaces and park facilities will remain closed throughout the month of May. Recognizing that Chicago still has further to go to bring down the curve, golfing is not yet permitted. Additionally, fishing and boating will not be permitted by individuals, though individuals may access their boats for maintenance and de-winterization, consistent with the guidance of the Chicago Park District.
In accordance with the modified Stay at Home Order, Chicago's animal grooming services, greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries will now be considered essential and may re-open beginning May 1. Additionally, retail stores in Chicago that are not designated as essential may re-open to fulfill online or telephone orders, for delivery or curbside pickup. All essential businesses and non-essential businesses that are engaged in minimum basic operations will be required to provide employees with face coverings, gloves and other protective equipment as needed as well as adhere to social distancing guidelines.
In addition to these new protocols and modifications, the State has issued further requirements and guidance for businesses, hospitals, schools and residents in the state. For more information on the modified Stay at Home order and how it affects Chicago, please visit chicago.gov/coronavirus.