What Does Phase 3 Of Pritzker’s Reopening Plan Look Like?

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Governor Pritzker said with the Illinois' health metrics remaining stable for the past several days, restrictions will likely be eased across Illinois on May 29. 

UPDATE: Bars, restaurants will be able to serve diners outdoors in Phase 3, under revision announced Wednesday.

His administration has mapped out a five-phase reopening plan for the state. Here’s what “Phase 3: Recovery” of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan looks like:

  • Gatherings of 10 or fewer people are allowed
  • Face coverings and social distancing are the norm
  • Non-essential retail, manufacturing, and offices can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions 
  • Barber shops and salons can also reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions
  • Limited child care can be offered, along with summer kids’ activities
  • Health clubs and gyms will be able to offer outdoor classes and one-on-one personal training.
  • Restaurants continue to offer delivery, pick-up and drive-through service. Eateries that follow restrictions can offer outdoor dining.

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On Tuesday, state health officials reported 1,545 new cases of coronavirus, including 146 deaths. The statewide tally, to date, is 98,030 positive cases, including 4,379 lives lost. 

IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike announced Tuesday the number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 across Illinois dropped to the lowest level in more than a month — an encouraging sign that should not encourage anyone to do a victory lap. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports the number of hospitalizations from patients infected with coronavirus was 4,002 on Monday. 

That represents a decline of more than 1,000 hospitalizations from a high mark of 5,036 on April 29, and still lower than the nearly 4,100 hospitalizations reported on April 12 when IDPH began compiling the statistic.

IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike conceded it’s a great sign, but stressed residents tired of the state’s stay-at-home order should not relax their guard. She said the statistic is potentially volatile, depending on how well Illinoisans do in preserving social-distancing techniques, even as restrictions are eased.

“All of those things are effective, and that's why we've got numbers that are improving," Ezike said Tuesday during the Pritzker Administration’s latest coronavirus briefing.

To track the statistics informing Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, visit dph.illinois.gov/restore