City of Chicago October 23 COVID-19 Policy Updates

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As you may know, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot yesterday announced a new set of restrictions designed to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 as the city addresses a growing number of cases. It is essential that all Illinois Tech students, faculty, and staff follow these guidelines.

Summary of New City Public-Health Guidelines
As always, we are all required to continue wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently. Also, please note the following are the new guidelines:

  • Effective today, a curfew for nonessential businesses from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. is in place until further notice, but it will last for at least the next two weeks. In the spirit of this, classroom use, lab research, and similar activities during those hours should be avoided.
  • The city is asking, for at least the next two weeks, that individuals limit social gatherings to six people or fewer and end such gatherings by 10 p.m. No social gathering can ever exceed occupancy limits already set by the city and university.
  • The city has defined a social gathering as a planned or spontaneous social event where individuals are interacting with non-household members within close proximity (less than six feet) for an extended period of time. Note, the limits on social gatherings do not apply to classes or other normal university business functions.
Please note that the social gathering guidelines apply to all student organization functions. Thank you for your attention to these important matters. Working together, we can continue to reduce the risk of COVID-19 across our university. If you have any questions, please email


Katherine Stetz
Vice Provost, Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Illinois Institute of Technology