Chicago to ease COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants, bars, fitness centers and more

Indoor dining

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – You will soon be able to drink inside Chicago bars under relaxed rules announced by the city on Monday.

Mayor Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection announced Monday that Chicago has made sufficient progress in the fight against COVID-19 to ease certain restrictions on businesses "and give them more ability to grow and to earn revenue as we start to head into winter months."

Starting Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5 a.m. the city of Chicago will ease five of its Phase Four guidelines for businesses.