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City Hall Reopens To Public After 16 Months Of Pandemic Closure, Though Masks Still Required

The city had previously limited access to the building due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first floor lobby in City Hall on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
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CHICAGO — City Hall has reopened to the public after more than a year of being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The city center will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. People will be required to wear masks and stay socially distant when inside the building, according to a Mayor’s Office news release.

The city had previously limited access to the building due to the pandemic.

There are still some limitations: The Department of Buildings is gradually reopening, with unscheduled walk-ins not permitted at this time.


• In Illinois, about 6.2 million people of all ages — or 48.87 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccination shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 20,182 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 12,705,445 vaccine doses of the 14,289,145 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.35 million Chicagoans — or 50.1 percent of all residents — have gotten fully vaccinated. About 56.3 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.

COVID-19 vaccinations are free and do not require insurance. Anyone can call the city’s coronavirus hotline at 312-746-4835 to get more information on how and where to get vaccinated in their community.

The numbers:

• Twenty-seven Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 since Friday.

• At least 23,272 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,455 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 1,221 cases since Friday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,393,773.

• Since Friday, 93,621 tests were reported statewide. In all, 25,962,476 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at 1.1 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests.

• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 1.4 percent.

• As of Monday night, 98 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 41 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, eight deaths were reported since Friday. There have been at least 5,476 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of less than one death per day, down from an average of one per day the week prior.

• Chicago has had 166 confirmed cases reported since Friday. It’s had a total of 286,204 confirmed cases. An average of 33 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 12 percent decrease from the previous week.

• At the same time, testing has decreased 36 percent since a week ago.

• Chicago’s positivity rate was at .8 percent, up from .5 percent the week prior.

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