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- Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan is a phased, regional approach to reopening our communities and the overall economy in a way that is driven by public health and data.
- Restore Illinois regions are on pace to advance to phase 4 near the end of this month. What that means is that our communities will contemplate a return to additional recreational and social activities – with carefully developed guidelines to help keep people safe.
- Phase 4 allows for the safe reopening of several key business segments – such as film, movies and theater, museums and zoos, as well as indoor dining at restaurants. Phase 4 also increases capacity limits for health and fitness centers and various outdoor recreational activities, while ensuring industries are provided the latest public health guidance to protect the health and safety of employees and patrons.
- Highlights of Phase 4 - the revitalization phase – includes expanded gathering sizes, increasing the limit from 10 in Phase 3, to 50 people or fewer – with other capacity rules put forward as well. Phase 4 also marks the return of key leisure and business segments, including:
- Phase 4 – new industries:
- Meetings and events (i.e. conferences, weddings)
- Indoor and Outdoor recreation
- Indoor dining
- Cinema and Theatre
- Outdoor seated spectator events
- Film production
- Phase 4 – revised from Phase 3:
- Youth and recreational sports
- Health and fitness centers
- Day camps
- New guidelines released today follow previous guidelines released by the state at the end of May for Phase 3 – and represents steady progress made containing COVID 19.
- DCEO worked closely with IDPH to develop guidelines for businesses and operations that are consistent with public health approval for safe, allowable activities based on our progress made toward overcoming the pandemic.
- DCEO has maintained an approach of close stakeholder engagement during the development of these guidelines to capture feedback and to take into account unique demands of industry and needs of their customers. The department convened an inclusive process engaging businesses, industry groups and trade organizations representing communities across the state.
- Similar to Phase 3 – DCEO has published a wide range of information and resources on its website – illinois.gov/businessguidelines – to help businesses, venues and other operators prepare to implement the most up-to-date safety guidance designed to protect their patrons and their staff.
- New guidelines are expected to go into effect as early as Friday, June 26th. With Illinois continuing to expand access to testing and working in lockstep with local governments to combat this virus – we are confident we will make continued progress that will allow more Illinoisans to return to these and other activities safely soon.