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COVID-19 Official Guidance for Higher Education

WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL GUIDANCE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS AND CITY OF CHICAGO?

Under RESTORE ILLINOIS, McCrone Research Institute will be closely following state and city guidelines in taking a phased approach to reopening campus and allowing on-campus activities to resume. The Institute also will modify its plans within each phase to accommodate any additional official city or state restrictions.

City of Chicago Reopening Business Portal

Illinois entered phase four of its reopening plan on June 26, 2020, bringing back several businesses and increasing capacity for others. The City of Chicago is in Phase 4 without any mitigation measures. Universities and institutions of higher learning are permitted to reopen in these phases, as well, if they follow guidance developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Socially distanced gatherings can expand from 10 people to a maximum of 50 people. Official guidance includes and is not limited to the following:

• In-person instruction permitted with required social distancing
• Face coverings must be worn over nose and mouth
• Gatherings of more than 10 people, subject to change pending incident rate of new cases and associated risk levels
• Expanded lab use and research
• Strict adherence to social distancing and personal hygiene
• Employees encouraged to work with staggered work schedules, where practical
• Prior to entering the establishment, staff and faculty are required to self-screen for symptoms
• Limitations on visitors
• Required visual signage
• Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms required to stay home
• As of 3/09/2021, anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period. The Order is subject to the limited exemptions outlined in the ‘Exceptions tab’ and you can view the specific Travel Order here.
• For additional details, see the Illinois Department of Public Health Restore Illinois Plan.