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Posted on: March 18, 2021

A Bridge to Phase 5 & Vaccination Update

Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced a metrics-based, vaccination-informed framework for Illinois to advance to Phase 5 of the state’s Restore Illinois Plan.

On March 18, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a plan and guidelines to bridge from Phase 4 (current phase) to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. According to the announcement, once 70% of residents 65 and older have been vaccinated and barring any reversals in our COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths for a 28-day monitoring period, the Bridge to Phase 5 will begin with increased capacity limits in both indoor and outdoor settings . Once 50% of residents 16 and older have been vaccinated and stable or declining COVID-19 metrics are recorded during a 28-day monitoring period, Phase 5 will be implemented, removing capacity limits altogether.

Bridge to Phase 5 will allow for higher capacity limits and increased business operations, including:

  • Dining: maintains at least 6 feet between tables and parties of 10 or less, but increases standing area capacity to 30% indoors and 50% outdoors
  • Health and fitness, offices, personal care, retail/service counter: increase from 50% capacity to 60% capacity
  • Amusement parks: increase from 25% to 60% capacity
  • Festivals and general admission outdoor spectator events: increase from 15 to 30 people per 1,000 square feet
  • Meetings/conferences/conventions: increases to lesser of 1,000 people or 60% capacity (previously dependent on venue capacity)
  • Museums: increase from 25% capacity to 60% capacity
  • Recreation: indoor, increase to lesser of 100 people or 50% capacity; Outdoor, maximum groups of 100, multiple groups permissible
  • Social events: indoor up to 250 people; Outdoor up to 500 people
  • Theaters/performing arts: increase to 60% capacity
  • Zoos: increase to 60% capacity

To view the full bridge to Phase 5 Plan, please click here

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