Restore Illinois: What Does Phase 4 Of Pritzker’s Reopening Plan Look Like?

Phase 4 is set to begin Friday, June 26.

WBBM Newsradio Staff
June 23, 2020 - 8:31 am

    CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Governor Pritzker said 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.

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

    Related:

    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.

    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. 

    Restore Illinois

    His administration has mapped out a five-phase reopening plan for the state. Here’s what “Phase 4: Revitalization” of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan looks like:

    • Gatherings of 50 or fewer people are allowed
    • Face coverings and social distancing are the norm
    • Restaurants and bars reopen for indoor seating with capacity and other limits and safety precautions 
    • All retail can reopen with capacity and other limits and safety precautions 
    • Barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, massage therapy clinics, waxing centers, tattoo parlors and tanning salons can also reopen with capacity and other limits and safety precautions
    • Gyms, fitness centers, yoga, dance, cycling, Pilates and barre studios can reopen with capacity and other limits and safety precautions 
    • Museums and zoos can reopen with capacity and other limits and safety precautions 
    • Entertainment venues including movie theaters, as well as venues that host plays, musicals, orchestras, operas, comedy shows, and other live and recorded entertainment can reopen with capacity and other limits and safety precautions
    • Recreational activities such as arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, escape rooms, ice skating, roller skating, laser tag, driving ranges, paintball courses and outdoor adventure parks can reopen with capacity and other limits and safety precautions. However, amusement parks, trampoline parks and indoor playgrounds are to remain closed.
    • Child care and schools reopen under guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health
    • Summer camps and summer school programs are allowed to reopen with safety precautions. Day camps can operate at 50 percent of capacity with group sizes of 15 children or fewer. No overnight camps are allowed.
    • Meetings and social events are limited to fewer than 50 people or 50 percent of room capacity
    • Travel can resume, but there are guidelines that can reduce risk of COVID-19 exposure.

    “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."

    On Monday, state health officials reported 462 new cases of coronavirus, including 26 deaths. The statewide tally, to date, is 137,224 positive cases, including 6,671 lives lost. 

    To track the statistics informing Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, visit dph.illinois.gov/restore