On June 11, 2021, Illinois and the Metropolis of Chicago entered Part 5 of its five-stage reopening plans. As a part of the transition, Illinois launched Executive Order 2021-12 (the “Part 5 Reopening Order”) and new Phase 5 Guidance. Chicago additionally issued Phase 5 Recommendations and offered a useful graphic that provides additional recommendations, which apply to all companies. For Illinois and Chicago companies, Part 5 means a lifting of many COVID-19 restrictions throughout industries. Though companies can begin working nearer to regular, Part 5 is a brand new regular that also consists of social distancing and masking suggestions that must be in your Firm’s radar.

The Illinois Phase 5 Reopening Order units forth public well being measures that Illinois companies are urged to undertake to guard their workers, together with:

  • Guaranteeing that workers who usually are not totally vaccinated follow social distancing and put on face coverings when social distancing is just not at all times attainable.
  • Guaranteeing that every one areas the place workers could collect, together with locker rooms and lunchrooms, enable for social distancing.
  • Guaranteeing that every one guests (together with distributors) to the office who usually are not totally vaccinated can follow social distancing, but when sustaining social distancing always is just not attainable, companies ought to encourage these guests to put on face coverings.
  • Make hand sanitizer and sanitizing merchandise obtainable.
  • Preserve lodging for weak populations.
  • Proceed to take all needed steps to guard workers and prospects by making certain that any return to work plans adhere to all relevant public well being steering.

The Illinois Phase 5 Guidance additional units forth really helpful prevention methods relevant to all Illinois companies, as follows:

  • Illinois Part 5 Steerage replaces the beforehand issued industry-specific steering by the Illinois Division of Commerce and Financial Alternative. The Part 5 Steerage now not consists of many parts within the now-superseded steering for places of work, similar to capability limitations, well being screenings, or offering COVID-19 associated notifications to the native well being division.
  • For indoor companies the place everybody current is just not totally vaccinated, unvaccinated individuals ought to put on a face masking and preserve six ft of social distance. Nevertheless, totally vaccinated individuals are now not required to put on masks or socially distance, besides in these circumstances laid out in CDC steering, together with on public transportation, in “congregate amenities” (e.g., homeless shelters or correctional amenities) and in well being care settings. For outside companies, unvaccinated individuals could select to not put on a face masking when capable of preserve a six-foot social distance whereas outside.
  • For indoor companies the place everybody current is totally vaccinated, face coverings and social distancing usually are not required for anybody (besides, once more, in these circumstances laid out in CDC steering, together with on public transportation, in homeless shelters or correctional amenities and in well being care settings).
  • Unvaccinated individuals ought to put on face coverings in indoor and outside crowded settings.
  • Companies are nonetheless suggested to assist social distancing to the extent attainable (particularly in indoor settings) and may require extra precautions. Companies must also be supportive of workers and prospects who select to put on a face masking.

Chicago’s Part 5 Suggestions observe the language of the Illinois Part 5 Steerage and equally substitute the Metropolis’s beforehand issued industry-specific steering. Chicago’s Part 5 Suggestions additionally advise companies to make sure hygienic interactions (e.g., hand washing), put up hygiene assets and steering in areas, adhere to cleansing requirements to disinfect areas, present flexibility with sick depart and distant working and facilitate testing and monitoring.

As well as, Mayor Lori Lightfoot went a step additional when discussing the Metropolis’s masking necessities in Part 5. In Mayor Lightfoot’s June 11 Press Launch associated to the Part 5 reopening she states, “[i]f you aren’t totally vaccinated, you must proceed to put on your masks in all indoor settings.” So, unvaccinated individuals in Chicago might want to hold their masks on for now indoors.

Though Illinois and Chicago are in Part 5, the rules determine the cautious method to reopening that companies ought to fastidiously evaluate. As Illinois and Chicago proceed to progress by Part 5, the relevant steering and suggestions will evolve as properly.