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     June 26, 2020      #50-178 KDJ

Details of what's opening during Phase Four 

What this Phase 4 looks like

There is a continued decline in the rate of infection in new COVID-19 cases. Hospitals have capacity and can quickly adapt for a surge of new cases in their communities. Additional measures can be carefully lifted allowing for schools and child care programs to reopen with social distancing policies in place. Restaurants can open with limited capacity and following strict public health procedures, including personal protective equipment for employees. Gatherings with 50 people or fewer will be permitted. Testing is widely available, and tracing is commonplace.

What's open

• Gatherings: All gatherings of 50 people or fewer are allowed with this limit subject to change based on latest data & guidance

• Travel: Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance

• Health care: All health care providers are open

• Education and child care: P-12 schools, higher education, all summer programs, and child care open with IDPH approved safety guidance

• Outdoor recreation: All outdoor recreation allowed


• Manufacturing: All manufacturing open with IDPH approved safety guidance

• “Non-essential” businesses: All employees return to work with IDPH approved safety guidance; Employers are encouraged to provide accommodations for COVID-19-vulnerable employees

• Bars and restaurants: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance

• Personal care services and health clubs: All barbershops, salons, spas and health and fitness clubs open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance

• Entertainment: Cinema and theaters open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance

• Retail: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance

How we move to the next phase

Post-pandemic: Vaccine, effective and widely available treatment, or the elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors.

What could cause us to move back

• 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

Source: State of Illinois

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