Cook County, Illinois, Issues Proof-of-COVID-19-Vaccination Requirements – The National Law Review

Saturday, January 1, 2022

On December 23, 2021, Cook County, Illinois, issued Public Health Order No. 2021-11, joining the City of Chicago in requiring certain indoor establishments (including restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, and entertainment venues) to verify the COVID-19 vaccination status of patrons five years of age and older, effective January 3, 2022. Cook County’s order does not impact Chicago’s order, and pertains only to suburban Cook County, except for Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park, and Stickney Township.

Under the order, “Businesses must post signage advising patrons of this vaccine requirement. Such signage must be posted at all entrances to the premises as well as prominently posted in an area visible to patrons and staff within the establishment.”

Businesses “must develop a written protocol providing details for how they will enforce [the] Order.” The county has provided a template plan.

Covered Establishments

The order requires individuals to provide proof of full vaccination to enter indoor settings “where food or drink are served for on-premises consumption, and health and fitness centers,” which include, but are not limited to, the following:

Indoor Dining Establishments

Including bars, breweries, wine/spirit tasting rooms, restaurants, private clubs, country clubs, banquet halls, dining areas within any public business that is ancillary to the main business (e.g., cafés within grocery stores, hotel restaurants/bars/lounges, other retail, etc.) coffee shops, food courts, and food halls.

Event Spaces

Including hotel ballrooms and commercial event and party venues and nightclubs.

Indoor Recreation and Entertainment Venues Where Food or Beverages Are Served

Including movie theaters, live performance spaces for live theater and live music, sports arenas, skating rinks, adult entertainment venues, arcades, bowling alleys, play spaces, family entertainment centers, billiard halls, and venues for card playing.

All Indoor Settings for Recreation and Exercise

Including health clubs, gyms, fitness centers, hotel fitness centers, recreation centers, yoga studios, cross-training studios, cycling studios, dance studios, field houses, boxing and kickboxing gyms, and other facilities conducting group fitness classes indoors.

Proof-of-Vaccination Requirements

Patrons age five and older entering covered establishments must show valid proof of full vaccination (two weeks following the final dose of the vaccine or vaccine series) at covered establishments. Proof of vaccination includes:

  • a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card;

  • an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered;

  • an app that provides a digital record of vaccinations; or

  • a digital or physical photo of such a card or record that includes the individual’s name, the vaccine brand administered, and the date the vaccination was administered.

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