CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago will require COVID-19 vaccination proof for indoor venues and Illinois Secretary of State offices will be closed starting Monday due to a surge in infections.
The proof of vaccine rules will apply to everyone age 5 and older and includes restaurants, bars, gyms and other venues like sports and entertainment arenas. The rules don't apply to those inside venues for less than 10 minutes, like those picking up takeout.
“The health and safety of employees and the public remains paramount, and face-to-face transactions potentially increase the further spread of the virus,” Secretary of State Jesse White said in a statement. He is encouraging people to make online transactions whenever possible, including for renewing a driver’s license.
Anticipating a wave of COVID-19 patients, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is urging hospitals to delay elective surgeries and other non-emergency procedures to keep more beds open.
Also, Illinois General Assembly leaders announced two of three planned session days would be canceled this week due to the surge. Leaders said session days the following week would also likely be canceled.
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Chicago Journal. “City to Require Proof of Vaccination at Restaurants, Bars, Gyms, and Others.” Chicago Journal. Chicago Journal, December 21, 2021. https://www.chicagojournal.com/city-to-require-proof-of-vaccination-at-restaurants-bars-gyms-and-others/. ↩︎
Chicago Journal. “Illinois Secretary of State Offices to Close for 2 Weeks.” Chicago Journal. Chicago Journal, January 2, 2022. https://www.chicagojournal.com/illinois-secretary-of-state-offices-to-close-for-2-weeks/. ↩︎
Foody, Kathleen. “New Covid-19 Cases in US Soar to Highest Levels on Record.” AP NEWS. Associated Press, December 30, 2021. https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-c69d1521b6411b6b78aae85d95165f5c. ↩︎