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Illinois moves into Phase 3 today, here’s what changes


(WSIL) -- The state of Illinois is on track to move to Phase 3 of the state's 5-Phase plan to reopen on Friday.

Phase 3 of the plan is the Recovery Phase, which means the rate of infection among those tested, the number of patients admitted to the hospital and the number of patients needing ICU beds is stable or declining.

Masks or face coverings will still be required in public when you're not able to practice social distancing.

Here's a look at what is going to change on Friday:

Bars and Restaurants

Starting on Friday, bars and restaurants are able to reopen for outdoor seating.

Tables must be six feet apart and away from the sidewalks, masks and distancing measures for staff must continue to be followed, and other precautions and guidance will be issued.

Employers should provide handwashing capability or sanitizer to employees and customers.

Health Clubs, Retail, and Personal Care Services

In Phase 3, health clubs, gyms, and fitness studios can provide one-on-one personal training in indoor facilities and outdoor fitness classes of up to ten people. Ancillary accommodations (e.g., saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms,
childcare areas) should still be closed.

Personal care services, like nail salons, tattoo shops, hair braiders, spas and barbershops, can open with restrictions, which includes massages and body treatments (e.g. body wraps, scrubs) of 30 minutes or less. Services which can be performed while customer and employee are wearing a face covering over their nose and mouth.

All retail stores can open their doors to in-person shopping with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) safety precautions and capacity limits in place. Some of which include employers making temperature checks available for employees and encourage their use. Employers should post information about the symptoms of COVID-19 in order to allow employees to self-assess whether they have any symptoms and should consider going home.

Outdoor Activities

With the start of phase 3, all state parks will reopen on Friday.  All concession will reopen as well under guidelines set for our retail and food service businesses in Phase 3. Illinois will permit the re-opening of indoor and outdoor tennis facilities with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits.

For golf, in Phase 3, courses can allow foursomes out on the same tee times. Carts will also be permitted with one person per cart, or one immediate household per cart.

With the new ten person gathering limit for all activities in Phase 3, boating or camping with up to ten people will be permitted.


Factories, mills and plants are able to start reopening on Friday.

Sites should reconfigure workstations to allow for 6-ft. social distancing between employees OR install impermeable barriers between employee workstations.

Manufacturer should display signage at entry with face covering requirements, social distancing guidelines, and cleaning protocols, in multiple languages as needed.

Youth Sports

Youth sports activities are limited to drills, practices, and lessons that do not involve contact between individuals and allow for 6 feet of social distancing
to be maintained. No competitive games will be allowed.

How do we move to Phase 4?

The earliest a region in the state can move to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan is on June 26.

The Restore Illinois Plan states the determination of moving from Phase 3 to Phase 4 will be driven by the COVID-19 positivity rate in each region and measures of maintaining regional hospital surge capacity. This data will be tracked from the time a region enters Phase 3, onwards.

  • At or under a 20 percent positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period, AND
  • No overall increase (i.e. stability or decrease) in hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness for 28 days, AND
  • Available surge capacity of at least 14 percent of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds, and ventilators

Can we move backwards?

Yes. IDPH will closely monitor data and receive on-the-ground feedback from local health departments and regional healthcare councils and will recommend moving back to the previous phase based on the following factors:

  • Sustained rise in positivity rate
  • Sustained increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness
  • Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities
  • Significant outbreak in the region that threatens the health of the region

If you want to read a full list of guidelines provided by the state, click here.

If you want to read the Restore Illinois Plan, click here.

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