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Posted on: December 23, 2021

Cook County Department of Public Health Announces New COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

Northbrook News

On December 23, 2021, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) announced new COVID-19 mitigation measures to protect against the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. These mitigation measures apply throughout suburban Cook County and will align the County and the City of Chicago. Referred to as a Vaccine Requirement, the following new mitigation measures began January 3.

On January 3, CCDPH amended the mitigation order to include an exemption for youth athletics and recreation taking place in facilities where food and drinks are not served. For more details, read CCDPH's FAQ.

Mask Mandate Continues
All Businesses and Individuals:
• Indoor mask mandates remain in effect regardless of vaccination status.
• Mask refers to a complete and tight knit fabric or cloth, or medical mask that is appropriately sized for the individual’s face to snuggly cover the nasal openings and mouth without the necessity of being held in place by the individual’s hands.
• Masks may be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating/drinking while stationary.
• Physical distancing of six feet should be maintained where feasible.

New Vaccine Requirements
At indoor settings where food or drink are served for on-premises consumption, and health and fitness centers:
• Businesses must require any individual 5 years of age and older to show proof that they are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine in order to enter the establishment. Exemptions: Individuals entering an establishment for less than 10 minutes for ordering and carrying out food; making a delivery; or using restroom facilities.
• Businesses must require Patrons age 16 and older to show identification (including but not limited to driver’s license, passport, government ID, work or school ID) with information that corresponds to the vaccination proof.
• 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 may allow patrons to provide the required vaccination proof prior to entry, either directly to the business itself or through an intermediary such as an event planner.
• Employees must be vaccinated or must weekly show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
• Businesses must develop a written protocol providing details for how they will enforce this Order.

Indoor settings where food or drink are served for on-premises consumption, and health and fitness centers include but are not limited to:
• 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 (cafes within grocery stores, other retail, etc.) coffee shops, food courts and food halls;
• Event spaces, including hotel ballrooms and commercial event and party venues and nightclubs.
• Recreation and entertainment venues in areas where food or beverages are served, including movie theaters, live performance spaces, skating rinks, adult entertainment venues, bowling alleys, play spaces, family entertainment centers, billiard halls, and venues for card playing; and
• All indoor settings for recreation and exercise, including health clubs, gyms, fitness centers, hotel fitness centers, recreation centers, yoga studios, cross-fit studios, cycling studios, dance studios, fieldhouses, boxing and kickboxing gyms, and other facilities conducting group fitness classes indoors.  All sports participants playing indoors should continue to follow the Illinois Department of Public Health Sports and Safety Guidance.

This Order does not apply to:
• Houses of worship and does not limit the free exercise of religion. To protect the health and safety of faith leaders, staff, congregants and visitors, religious organizations and houses of worship are strongly encouraged to consult and follow CDC recommendations for Communities of Faith. Religious organizations are strongly encouraged to take steps to ensure social distancing, and implementation of other public health measures.
• K-12 schools, preschools, and child care centers.
• Indoor locations in a residential or office building the use of which is limited to residents, owners, or tenants of that building.
• Charitable food service establishments, such as soup kitchens.

Public Health Officials emphasize that the vaccine requirement, along with the masking requirement, continue to be a powerful defense against COVID-19. 

Cook County Department of Public Health is requiring the business establishments who are subject to this order to develop and keep a written record describing the protocol for implementing and enforcing the vaccine requirement.

Read the complete order here.

More information is available at

CCDPH has indicated their website will be updated soon with information on webinars for businesses, signage and additional information. The Village will monitor the release of this information and share additional details as information becomes available. 

Business patrons are reminded of how much Northbrook’s businesses have done, and continue to do to protect the health of customers and workers. Please be respectful of business employees as they work to comply with Cook County’s Vaccine Requirement.

Residents and those who work in Northbrook are reminded of the extremely high COVID-19 transmission rate that exists currently in Cook County.  Public health officials recommend residents test for COVID-19 before gathering with friends and family for the holidays or if they think they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

A list of walk-in and drive-thru (or mobile) COVID-19 testing sites, in addition to other testing information, is available at

Health officials also recommend layering proven COVID-19 mitigation measures, which include limiting high-risk exposures, wearing masks indoors and in crowded outdoor settings and maintaining social distance from people who don’t live in your household.

To make an appointment for a vaccine, please visit

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