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The Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce has assembled a planning framework to guide our community's ongoing response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Path Forward: A Roadmap for Resiliency is aimed at supporting the long-term success of businesses in Roscoe Village and helping ensure the resiliency of our community. This page will be updated frequently with resources and information to help businesses navigate the reopening and recovery periods.

Businesses can use the following resources to plan for reopening and recovery. This list will be updated frequently as more information is made available. Are there other resources you're using to guide your reopening plans? Email us at hello@rvchamber.org so we can share your tools with our business community.

Current Reopening Status: Phase 4

Updated 10/23/2020

Roscoe Village is currently in Phase 4 of the City of Chicago's reopening framework.


The following citywide updates will go into effect on Friday, October 23rd at 6:00AM

  • Business curfew on non-essential businesses beginning at 10:00 PM

    • In effect nightly from 10:00 PM-6:00 AM

    • Last call for serving liquor at 9:00 PM

    • Take-out and curb-side pick-up at restaurants still permitted

  • Bars, breweries, and taverns without a food license are prohibited from operating any indoor service

  • Increased emphasis of current guidelines

    • Max. 6 people in your personal bubble (e.g., no household gatherings >6 people of non-household members)

    • Face coverings in all indoor and outdoor public settings

What's allowed in Phase 4?

  • Arts & Culture (e.g., movie theaters, places of worship, museums, performance venues, 

  • Libraries and other city services

  • Office-based jobs, professional services, and real estate services

  • Hotels / lodging

  • Parks and outdoor attractions (playgrounds closed)

  • Non-essential retail (25% indoor capacity limit)

  • Personal services (e.g., hair/nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors)

  • Restaurants and coffee shops (25% indoor capacity limit)

  • Manufacturing, construction, and warehousing

  • Hospitals, dentists, community mental health centers, and Federally Qualified Health Centers

  • Public transit, regional transit, taxis and rideshare

  • Gyms (25% indoor capacity limit)

  • Childcare centers and family child care (25% indoor capacity limit)

Effective Thursday, October 1st, at 5:00am, the following guidelines have gone into effect:

  • Increased Indoor Capacity: Restaurants, health and fitness centers, personal services, non-essential retail and all other establishments that have been limited to 25% indoor capacity will now be able to increase their maximum indoor capacity to 40%.

  • The limit of 50 total customers within one room or space at restaurants, venues and other establishments will remain in place, as will the limit of no more than six people per table.

  • Reopening of Bars: Breweries, taverns, bars and other establishments that serve alcohol without a food license may reopen with indoor seating, at 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer. Service remains limited to no more than two hours per party, and customers must be seated when eating, drinking or ordering – patrons cannot walk up to the bar to order.

  • Extended Hours for Bars and Restaurants: Bars, restaurants and other establishments that serve alcohol will now be able to sell alcohol for on-site or off-site consumption until 1:00 am and may remain open until 1:30 am. Liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments that sell alcohol to-go through a Packaged Goods license must continue to cease alcohol sales at 9:00 p.m.

  • Increased Group Size: Maximum group size for health and fitness classes and after-school programming will increase from 10 to 15 people. • Expanded Personal Services: Facials, shaves and other personal services that require the removal of face coverings will be allowed.

Updated reopening guidelines can be found at chicago.gov/reopening.

Business Recovery & Reopening Toolkit

All Businesses

Guidelines for Opening America Back Up

A three-phased approach developed by the federal government to help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.

Path Forward: A Roadmap for Resiliency

A document prepared by RVCC that provides a summary of government guidelines for reopening and lays the groundwork for how the Roscoe Village Chamber and local businesses can plan and prepare for the long-term resiliency of our community.

Implementing a National Return to Work Plan

This memo prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce explores some of the major implications of returning to work in this environment—ranging from workplace safety and employee rights to liability concerns and continued revenue disruptions.

Ready to Reopen Small Business Playbook

This guide is part of the U.S. Chamber’s new Reopening Business Digital Resource Center which contains new resources for business owners across America as they prepare to return to work.

Restore Illinois Reopening Plan

A five-phase plan focused on saving lives, livelihood, and safely reopening Illinois. This is the official guidance that will inform future decisions made by Gov. Pritzker about when non-essential businesses can start reopening, and what precautions will remain in place.

Protecting Chicago Framework

The official framework that the City will be using to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. Organized into five phases in alignment with the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan, the plan will advise Chicagoans on how to safely exit from shelter-in-place while continuing to prioritize the health of our most vulnerable residents.

CDC Interim Guideance for Business & Employees

This interim guidance provided by the CDC may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings.

OSHA Guideance for Preparing Workplaces

OSHA developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.

Reopening Business Digital Resource Center

This Digital Resources Center provides the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. We will regularly update these tools and resources as new information becomes available.

American Express Stand for Small

Stand for Small is a one-stop shop provided by American Express with resources, offers, and tools from a growing group of companies that are helping small businesses get back to business.

Restore Illinois Phase 4 Reopening Guidelines

Phase 3 guidelines span 10 different industry categories. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

City of Chicago Phase 4 Reopening


Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), industry leaders, labor leaders, and public officials, have developed industry-specific guidelines for safely operating within Phase III: Cautiously Reopen.

Restaurants & Bars

Reopening Guidance for the Restaurant Industry

The National Restaurant Association partnered with representatives of the Food and Drug Administration, academia, the Conference for Food Protection, Ecolab, public health officials and industry representatives to develop a set of opening and operating guidelines to help restaurants return to full operation safely when the time comes.

Restaurant Industry Blueprint for Recovery

The Restaurant Industry Blueprint for Recovery sets out a specific action plan that creates a targeted relief plan for the nation’s second largest private sector employer.

Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit for Restaurants + Bars

This resource provided by Streetsense is jam-packed with information, including capital management tactics, operational guidance to relaunch, and resources to help future-proof restaurants and bars.

CDC Flowchart for Bars & Restaurants

The purpose of this tool is to assist businesses in the food service industry, such as restaurants and bars, in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FDA Best Practices for the Food Service Industry

City of Chicago Phase 4 Guidelines

State of Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines

Chicago Fall/Winter Outdoor Dining Guidance 


City of Chicago Phase 4 Guidelines

State of Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines

State of Illinois Phase 4 Toolkit

Operation Open Doors

Personal Care

Reboot Kit

From supporting your front desk to communicating your new cleaning protocols, this kit will break down exactly what you can be doing today and over the coming weeks to prepare for your business’s comeback.

Barbicide Course

Completing this free course takes less than an hour earning you a portfolio-ready certificate showing your dedication to infection control in salons, spas, and barbershops.


Reopening: Guidance for Hair & Nail Salons

Check out this reopening guide from the American Industrial Hygiene Association. 

PBA Back to Work Guidelines.

This Back-to-Work guidance  is designed to help make everyone more comfortable and safe once services resume in the salon and spa environments.


State of IL Phase 4 Guidelines

State of Illinois Phase 4 Tool Kit

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Health & Fitness Centers

City of Chicago Phase 4 Guidelines

State of Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines

State of Illinois Phase 4 Toolkit

AIHA Reopening Guidance


City of Chicago Phase 4 Guidelines for Office & Real Estate

City of Chicago Phase 4 Guidelines for Offices

State of Illinois Phase 4 Toolkit for Offices

State of Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines for Service Counters

State of Illinois Phase 4 Toolkit for Service Counters

City of Chicago Phase 4 Guidelines for Childcare & Educations

City of Chicago Phase 4 Guidelines for Arts & Culture

State of Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines for Theaters & Performing Arts

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