COVID-19 Policy

WorldChicago is doing everything we can to take the necessary precautions around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as it evolves. Continue to visit this page for the latest information regarding WorldChicago's policies regarding events, exchanges, and other in-person contact.

The WorldChicago COVID-19 policy was created from the most current health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). These health and safety protocols are designed to provide all WorldChicago participants with an in-person experience that keeps everyone in our communities healthy and safe.

Masks/Cloth Face Coverings
Based on feedback from our public health experts at the local, state, and federal levels, we will require that masks/cloth face coverings continue to be worn indoors by everyone, regardless of vaccination status, except for while eating or drinking. Face coverings may be removed for outdoor activities/gatherings. Continuing to require masks will help make sure those in our communities who are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine remain as safe as possible.

Social Distancing
As part of our safety plan, WorldChicago will ensure that three feet of social distancing is maintained wherever possible. We know that there will be times when this is not possible, and will use additional health and safety strategies, including air purifiers, hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting, and cloth face-coverings to maximize safety.


If an event is cancelled by WorldChicago, or is delayed, by twenty-four (24) hours or more, due to government order, a declaration of a Public Health Emergency, or a decision by WorldChicago leadership to help keep our guests and supporters safe, you are entitled to a refund within 30 days. Ticket holders are also able to donate the cost of the ticket, or a portion of the ticket cost, to WorldChicago.

If you, or your guest, cancel your event tickets due to testing positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the event, you and they are entitled to a refund for the ticket amount. If you had close contact with a
positive or suspected COVID-19 case within 14 days of the event, you are eligible for a refund.

If you report, or we identify, that you may have been exposed to, or are likely to have been infected by COVID-19, we will require that you not attend the event. This is in order to prevent the transmission of
COVID-19. Anyone effectively denied entrance in these circumstances will be entitled to a refund.

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Our goal is to keep all WorldChicago participants and staff healthy and safe while they learn in-person. We will continue to follow public health guidance in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and update our health protocols as needed. We look forward to welcoming our supporters and participants back in-person and will continue to provide you with updates as guidelines.

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