Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Friday Chicago had entered Phase 5 of the city's reopening plan, becoming the largest U.S. city to fully reopen.

"Our ongoing vaccination efforts, which prioritize equity and inclusion, have made a remarkable difference in our COVID-19 journey and have resulted in the lowest positivity rate since the beginning of the pandemic," Lightfoot said in a city news release.

The transition to Phase 5 entails lifting COVID-19 restrictions for businesses, allowing them to operate without mask mandates, capacity limits or social distancing. Some settings, such as healthcare facilities and public transportation, will continue to require mask usage.

Businesses are also encouraged to post signage recommending that unvaccinated customers wear masks. 

More information about Phase 5 can be found online at

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