With the city of Chicago averaging more than 1,700 new cases of coronavirus a day, health officials are imposing new proof-of-vaccination requirements, and business owners are preparing for the rules to take effect in the new year.
The new rules, announced Tuesday at a press conference with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, will require all patrons 5 years of age and older to show a proof of COVID vaccination in order to get into indoor dining establishments, including restaurants, bars, banquet halls and cafeterias.
The new rules will also impact gyms, dance studios and indoor recreational facilities, according to the mayor, along with movie theaters, music venues and other indoor entertainment venues.
Brendan McNeill, owner of D4 Irish Pub and Café, says that the new rules, while understandable, are going to pose a challenge to businesses that are already struggling with adequate staffing.
“It means at all times, we have…