State Reopening Guidelines

A Bridge to Phase 5 - Restaurants & Bars Outdoor Table Service


Following recommendations from public health experts, Illinois will move forward with a dial-like approach between the mitigations in Phase 4, which currently apply to the entire state, and the post-pandemic new normal of Phase 5. This Bridge to Phase 5 will allow for higher capacity limits and increased business operations, before public health experts tell us it is safe to move to the new normal that Phase 5 will bring.

With COVID-19 spread in every region of the state, our statewide positivity still high and vaccines starting to be distributed, region 9 moved into A Bridge to Phase 5 effective Friday, March 26, 2021 at 12:01am. 

While regulations are rolled back gradually, Illinoisans should continue following the public health guidelines that have kept us safe during the pandemic, like wearing a mask in public and social distancing. Additionally, this updated guidance establishes new capacity limits for settings determined by risk level. The guidelines can be found here A BRIDGE TO PHASE 5.

If your business is would like to provide outdoor table service, we are ready to assist.  Please review the information on this web page and complete the application.  Submit the completed application and required documentation to tim.verbeke@lakezurich.org with the subject header "Outdoor Table Service Application". Please keep that in mind as we navigate a process that is unique to the circumstances and your business location. We endeavor to answer all of your questions and approve your application as quickly as possible.

The Village of Lake Zurich is committed to assisting restaurants and businesses during this time. The current regulations from the Village will be in effect until May 31, 2021. Please contact the village with any specific questions: 847-540-1759. 

General Conditions and Agreements

In accordance with the Restore Illinois COVID-19 response program, Village of Lake Zurich restaurants may establish TEMPORARY outdoor dining areas in compliance with applicable health and safety guidelines.

Authorized hours for outdoor table service are 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday – Saturday, 8:00am to 9:00 pm on Sundays unless otherwise authorized. Once granted, this authorization is valid through May 31, 2021 (Memorial Day).

Important Links

Lake County Health Department guidelines specific to outdoor dining and drinking establishments.

RESTORE ILLINOIS A Bridge to Phase 5 guidelines for Reopening

RESTORE ILLINOIS Phase 3 guidelines for Reopening Business and Returning People to Work Safely

RESTORE ILLINOIS Phase 4 guidelines for Reopening 

RESTORE ILLINOIS Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation guidelines

State of Illinois guidelines are available at the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity website