Pritzker Announces Guidelines As State Set To Move Into Phase 4 Friday

WBBM Newsradio Staff
June 22, 2020 - 11:47 am

    CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Governor Pritzker released plans Monday to safely continue reopening businesses and industries as the state moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

    According to Pritzker, all four regions of the state are currently on track to move into Phase 4 on Friday, June 26 as the state continues to make significant progress in reducing new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, with the average 7-day statewide case positivity rate falling to just 2.5 percent as of June 20.

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    Phase 4 allows for the safe reopening or expansion of several industries including health and fitness, movies and theater, museums and zoos, as well as indoor dining at restaurants.

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    The next phase allows for expanded gathering sizes, increasing the limit from 10 in Phase 3, to 50 people or fewer in Phase 4. This expanded gathering limit extends to key activities like meetings, events, and funerals. 

    “Over the last four months, Illinoisans have pulled together with the common mission of keeping each other safe. By staying home and practicing social distancing, the rate of new COVID-19 cases continues to drop and each region throughout the state is prepared to move to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan,” said Governor JB Pritzker, in a statement. “Science and data are the overarching guardrails for how Illinois will keep moving forward. By continuing to wear face coverings and following the guidance from health experts we can continue to safely reopen our economy and move forward together."

    Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan creates safety guidelines for the following permitted activities and businesses to resume, with capacity rules in place:

    • Meetings and events: Venues and meeting spaces can resume with the lesser of up to 50 people OR 50 percent of overall room capacity. Multiple groups are permitted given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups. This includes activities such as conferences and weddings.
    • Indoor and Outdoor recreation: Revised guidelines to allow select indoor recreation facilities (e.g., bowling alleys, skating rinks), as well as clubhouses to reopen. Indoor recreation to operate at lesser of 50 customers OR 50 percent of facility capacity with outdoor recreation allowing group sizes of up to 50, and permitting multiple groups given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups; concessions permitted with restrictions.
    • Indoor Dining: Indoor dining can reopen with groups of 10 or less, with tables spaced 6-feet apart in seated areas and with standing areas at no more than 25 percent of capacity.
    • Museums: Can reopen with no more than 25 percent occupancy, and with interactive exhibits and rides closed; guided tours should be limited to 50 people or fewer per group; museums should have a plan to limit congregation via advance ticket sales and timed ticketing; concessions permitted with restrictions.
    • Zoos: Can reopen with no more than 25 percent occupancy, and with interactive exhibits, indoor exhibits, and rides closed; guided tours should be limited to 50 people or fewer per group; zoos should have a plan to limit congregation via advance ticket sales and timed ticketing; concessions permitted with restrictions.
    • Cinema and Theatre: Indoor seated theaters, cinemas, and performing arts centers to allow admission of the lesser of up to 50 guests OR 50 percent of overall theater or performance space capacity (applies to each screening room); outdoor capacity limited to 20 percent of overall theater or performance space capacity; concessions permitted with restrictions.
    • Outdoor seated spectator events: Outdoor spectator sports can resume with no more than 20 percent of seating capacity; concessions permitted with restrictions.
    • Film production: Allow no more than 50 percent of sound stage or filming location capacity; crowd scenes should be limited to 50 people or fewer.

    Industries with revised guidelines in Phase 4:

    • Youth and Recreational Sports: Revised guidelines allow competitive gameplay and tournaments; youth and recreational sports venues can operate at 50 percent of facility capacity, 20 percent seating capacity for spectators, and group sizes up to 50 with multiple groups permitted during practice and competitive games given venues have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups; concessions permitted with restrictions.
    • Health and fitness centers: Revised guidelines allow gyms to open at 50 percent capacity and allow group fitness classes of up to 50 people with new safety guidelines for indoors, with multiple groups permitted given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups.
    • Day camps: Water-based activities permitted in accordance with IDPH guidelines; no more than 50 percent of facility capacity with group size of no more than 15 participants in a group, unless participants changing weekly.

    Additionally, retail, service counters, offices, personal care (including salons, barber, nail salons), manufacturing and other industries allowed to reopen in Phase 3 will continue to operate at a reduced capacity.

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    During Phase 4, common public health standards remain in effect – including the use of face coverings and social distancing.

    According to Pritzker, the state’s move to Phase 4 of the plan is expected to bring approximately 400,000 additional Illinoisans back to the workplace across all industries. While Phase 4 marks the return of 7 percent of the state’s workforce, it accounts for about $30 billion in annual GDP returned to operations and represents continuous progress towards fully reopening the state’s economy.