Community Alerts

BACP and CDPH Meeting Recap: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) hosted a conference call with government officials and business operators today. The call topic was on the recent increase in COVID-19 positivity test rates and current regulations for bars, restaurants, and multi-unit residences. 

Below is a recap of the meeting:

Who Attended:

  • The call was hosted by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar, senior officials from the CDPH and BACP
  • Over 900 attendees were on call

Recent Increase in Positive COVID-19 Tests:

  • Positive test results are up, particularly among young adults
  • This pattern mirrors a spike in COVID cases that took place in October 2020
  • Major metrics/results are up by 15% over the previous week

City of Chicago Restrictions Update:

  • Restaurants, bars, and common areas in residential buildings have been identified as vectors for this spread 
  • The City is trying to avoid reimposing previous restrictions and limitations
  • Signage and messaging communicating regulations/expectations are strongly recommended 
  • 28 citations were issued to businesses last weekend, including fines and temporary closures
  • Violations included over-capacity, but most were gatherings of standing, unmasked attendees – patrons expected to be seated when eating or drinking
  • In addition to BACP, reps from Buildings, police, and fire will respond to violation complaints
  • The building owner/manager should call 911 if third-party hosts are refusing to comply with regulations
  • CDPH verified that engineers, property managers, and cleaning staff are a part of vaccine Phase 1c


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As always, if you “See Something, Say Something.” For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).

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