As the Governor, JB Pritzker announced that we would be reopening the state, a lot of questions may come up. And we’re guessing the most important question was… “How would this affect me?”

As the restrictions on social distancing are still part of our daily process, it’s time to accept the reality of this new norm, as our economy is under very bad risk, we all need to get back to work and continue our lives the best way possible during the pandemic! But HOW?

The governor’s plan: “Restore Illinois”, contains five stages of reopening as we get the virus under control. However, this past Wednesday the 14th the governor made some tweaks to the “Restore Illinois” plan, and let’s be honest… Things were already confusing the way they were.

Phase 1 (Rapid Spread): Strict stay at home and social distancing guidelines are put in place, and only essential businesses remain open.

Phase 2 (Flattening): Non-essential retail stores reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. Illinoisans are directed to wear a face-covering when outside the home and can begin enjoying additional outdoor activities like golf, boating, and fishing while practicing social distancing.

Phase 3 (Recovery): Manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops, and salons can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions. Gatherings of up to 10 people allowed.

Phase 4 (Revitalization): Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, restaurants and bars reopen under safety guidance from IDPH, and childcare and schools reopen under guidance from IDPH.

Phase 5 (Illinois Restored): The Illinois economy fully reopens with safety precautions continuing.

How will I know what phase of the plan my region is in?

As of June 26, 2020, each region in Illinois is in Phase 4. Please check the IDPH website for information on what stage each region is in:

This means that we are getting back to normal, as you may wonder What indoor recreations are allowed?

Indoor recreation facilities like bowling alleys and skating rinks can reopen under Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. All indoor recreation facilities must operate at the lesser of 50 customers or 50% of facility capacity. Facilities can serve more than one group at a time if they have space to appropriately social distance and minimize interaction between groups. Concessions can operate with restrictions from IDPH.


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