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Should Businesses Have To Check Patrons For Vaccine Proof? Lightfoot Says Focus Is Just On Getting Shots In Arms

New York City is requiring spots like gyms, restaurants and bars to check patrons for proof of vaccination. But Mayor Lori Lightfoot won't say if Chicago will do the same.

Citywide

Vegan Food Fest Will Not Require Vaccination, Negative COVID-19 Tests — So Some Vendors Are Dropping Out

Masks will be required in crowds and lines at the fest, according to an Instagram post, but vendors are worried the mask rule won't be enforced. Those who have dropped out haven't been refunded.

Downtown

2 People Contracted COVID At An Englewood High School — Teachers, Students Didn’t Find Out For Days: ‘A Big Mess’

The school has had 160 people exposed to coronavirus after two people tested positive in the first week, according to district data.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

COVID Concerns Kept These Students Home. Now They Are No Longer Enrolled

Families organized a #CPSSickOut movement to try to force the district to offer virtual learning. Instead, some students were dropped from campus rolls.

Citywide

Vaccines For Kids Under 12 Could Be Coming In November, Officials Say

"Just know that it's to help make sure that when we stand behind a vaccine, we can absolutely say that it is safe and effective," Chicago's top doctor said.

Citywide

Every State Is Now On Chicago’s Travel Advisory As COVID Surges Nationwide

Unvaccinated Chicagoans are being urged not to travel anywhere in the United States as the Delta surge continues.

Citywide

Will COVID Cases In Chicago Schools Force Your Child To Quarantine? Here’s A Flowchart

Many parents and educators still have questions about when families are notified about confirmed COVID-19 cases and how quarantine works.

Citywide

Vaccinated Chicagoans Have 1-In-10,000 Chance Of Getting Breakthrough COVID Case: Analysis

The vast majority of people who do experience a breakthrough case will only have mild symptoms, officials have said.

Citywide

Fake Vaccination Cards Seized At O’Hare Were Spotted Because They Had Misspelled Words

The 19 fake vaccination cards looked like real ones — except they were "low-quality," according to Customs and Border Protection.

O'Hare

Flu Shots Needed Again This Year To Protect Health Care System During COVID Surge, Top Doc Says

It's "not quite" flu season yet, but people should plan to get their shots as it kicks up and the state battles a COVID-19 surge, Dr. Allison Arwady said.

Citywide

Irving Park Restaurant Owner Says He’s Following Indoor Mask Rules And Surprised City Put Him On Scofflaw List

“I had two uncles and my father die last year from COVID-19,” the owner said. “I don’t think COVID is a game, and we take that very seriously.”

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Unvaccinated CPS Kids Who Travel Out Of State For Labor Day Should Stay Out Of School At Least 7 Days, CPS Says

The district is urging parents to "reconsider" their Labor Day weekend travel plans in light of the health recommendations.

Citywide

Could Chicago’s Delta Surge Be Flattening? Officials See Signs For Hope — But Need More Data

New cases, positivity rates, hospitalizations and deaths remain higher than they were earlier this summer — but their growth has slowed recently.

Citywide

United Center Will Require Proof Of Vaccination Or Negative Test For Bulls, Blackhawks Games And More

Such rules are becoming more common as organizations look to keep customers — and their businesses — safe and help end the pandemic.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Get Vaccinated And You’ll Get $100 If You Do It At Home Or At City Events, Health Department Says

Chicago's health department will now give people $100 in gift cards to get their COVID-19 shots.

Citywide

Chicago Pride Parade Canceled For Second Year Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

The parade, which had been pushed back from June to Oct. 3 to give the city more time to recover from the pandemic, will hopefully return in 2022, organizers say.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

College Students, Education And Health Care Workers Have Until Sept. 19 To Get 1st Vaccine Shot Or Get Tested Under State’s Rules

Workers and students who do not get vaccinated will be required to take a COVID-19 test at least once a week, with more testing possible.

Citywide

City Warns West Side Food Pantry For Violating Mask Mandate, But Founder Says Enforcement Is Uneven

Eat or be Eaten received a warning for not following the city's mask rules at a recent wedding. The organization's founder said they want to keep folks safe, but when people are eating and drinking, masks come off.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

There’s Now Just 1 State That Isn’t On Chicago’s Travel Advisory

The city is also now recommending unvaccinated people get tested before and after they travel, and quarantine for seven days once they're back in Chicago.

Citywide

Unvaccinated Chicagoans With COVID 15 Times More Likely To Die From Virus Than Fully Vaccinated People, Top Doc Says

Chicago's outbreak could get much worse as the weather cools down — so people should get their shots as soon as possible, Dr. Allison Arwady said.

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