Here’s What Reopens in Illinois as Phase 4 Begins Friday
Illinois is set to move to Phase 4 under Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan. Thousand will be able to head back to work.
Starting this Friday, Phase 4 of Restore Illinois will take effect and here's what we know about what happens next.
The first thing to remember is that we will remain is Phase 4 until, as Governor Pritzker said, there's a vaccine or a treatment for the coronavirus, or until we achieve herd immunity through some other means. In the last few weeks, new infections, hospitalizations and positive infections rates have gone way down. In fact, Illinois has succeeded in reducing these rates at a faster pace than most states.
Back to Friday, Phase 4 and hundreds of thousands of people being able to return to work. Our friends at MyStateline.com shared what we can and can't do in Phase 4.
Restaurants can seat groups of up to 10 indoors. Tables have to be at least six-feet apart..
College and professional sports can resume outdoors with up to a 20 percent seating capacity in bleachers or stadiums.
Youth sports can continue with a capacity limit of 50 percent. Seating is capped at 20 percent for spectators. Number of players, coaches and spectators, cannot exceed 50 people.
Conference halls and wedding venues can open floor space to accommodate up to a limit of 50 people.
Gyms and fitness centers can open with up to 50 percent capacity limits, but staff have to clean and sanitize equipment between each use. Floor plans will have to be adjusted to keep people six feet apart during workouts. Saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms will remain closed.
Driving ranges, bingo halls, escape rooms, bowling alleys, skating rinks and other indoor recreation facilities can open for up to 50 percent capacity. Water parks and recreational swimming will also be allowed to reopen under strict guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Zoos, theaters and museums can also open for limited indoor capacity.
Indoor playgrounds, trampoline parks and amusement parks must remain closed until further notice.