In light of the State of Illinois and City of Chicago changes in policy, it is expected the Board may entertain changes to present Association policies as well, such as:
At the meeting the Board is expected to discuss these measures, which have been in place to help lower the risk of transmission among Park Tower Owners, residents, guests and employees. Since these were originally put in place to be consistent with mandates from the City and State, its logical the Board would consider changes as the City and State lift their restrictions.
According to the latest guidance, the City and State are lifting mandates due to significant improvements in the ‘metrics’. These are things such as ICU capacity, hospitalizations, testing positivity levels, new infections, etc. Officials use these numbers as a guide for recommending what measures are put in place or not. Illinois is currently averaging under 1,200 daily COVID hospitalizations, and under 100 people hospitalized with COVID-like symptoms. And the latest is that about 25% of ICU beds are available statewide.
At the height of the Omicron surge, as many as 32,000 cases per day were being reported because of the Omicron COVID variant. Illinois saw 1,979 new COVID cases on Thursday February 25th.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the mask mandate and vaccine requirement will be ending given the drop in key COVID metrics within the City. They will continue requiring masks in health care settings, on CTA and METRA and in other locations subject to federal mandates. But indoor locations such as Park Tower would no longer be required to mandate masks and other such policies, should the Board agree.
The most recent City Metrics are illustrated below:
You can visit the City’s COVID dashboard for the latest at:
Of course, Management will make any changes to the posted signage as soon as we are able, and dependent upon the Board’s discussion and any decisions they make on Monday night.