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A Bridge to Phase 5

As more of our residents receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Illinois will operate with a metrics-based pathway toward the fifth and final phase of the Restore Illinois reopening plan, in which all sectors of the economy reopen with businesses and recreation resuming normal operations, and where conventions, festivals, and large events can take place.

 

Following recommendations from public health experts, Illinois will move forward with a dial-like approach between the mitigations in Phase 4 and the post-pandemic new normal of Phase 5. This Bridge to Phase 5 will allow for higher capacity limits and increased business operations, before public health experts tell us it is safe to move to the new normal that Phase 5 will bring.

 

Like the prior evidenced-based approaches to deliberately lift mitigations that have kept us safe and saved lives, this gradual path to Phase 5 will protect the progress we’ve made while allowing us to reopen the economy.

 

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. All regions of the state will move through these next phases together based on statewide metrics.

 

While regulations are rolled back gradually, Illinoisans should continue following the public health guidelines that have kept us safe during the pandemic, like wearing a mask in public and social distancing.

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       SETTING PHASE 4 BRIDGE PHASE 5

Dining

 

Seated areas: Patrons ≥ 6 feet apart; parties ≤ 10

Standing areas: 25% capacity
Seated areas: Patrons ≥ 6 feet apart; parties ≤ 10

Standing areas: 30% capacity indoors; 50% capacity outdoors

No Capacity Limits

Health and fitness 50% capacity

Group fitness classes of 50 or fewer indoors or 100 or fewer outdoors *
60% capacity

Group fitness classes of 50 or fewer indoors or 100 or fewer outdoors.
Offices 50% capacity 60% capacity
Personal care 50% capacity 60% capacity
Retail and service counter 50% capacity 60% capacity
Amusement parks 25% capacity* 60% capacity

Festivals and general admission

outdoor spectator events

15 people per 1,000 sq. ft. * 30 people per 1,000 sq. ft.
Flea and farmers markets 25% capacity or 15 people per 1,000 sq. ft. Indoor: 15 people per 1,000 sq. ft.

Outdoor: 30 people per 1,000 sq.ft.
Film production 50% capacity 60% capacity

Meetings, conferences,and

conventions

Venue with capacity < 200 persons: Lesser of 50 people or 50% capacity *

Venue with capacity ≥ 200 persons: Lesser of 250 people or 25% capacity *
Lesser of 1,000 people or 60% capacity
Museums 25% capacity 60% capacity
Recreation Indoor: Lesser of 50 people or 50% capacity

Outdoor: Maximum groups of 50; multiple groups permissible
Indoor: Lesser of 100 people or 50% capacity

Outdoor: Maximum groups of 100; multiple groups permissible
Social events Indoor: Lesser of 50 people or 50% capacity *

Outdoor: Lesser of 100 people or 50% capacity *
Indoor: 250 people

Outdoor: 500 people
Spectator events(ticketed and seated) Indoor venue with capacity < 200 people: Lesser of 50 people or 50% capacity *

Outdoor venue or indoor venue with capacity ≥ 200 people: 25% capacity *
60% capacity
Theaters and performing arts Indoor venue with capacity < 200 persons: Lesser of 50 people or 50% capacity

Outdoor venue or indoor venue with capacity ≥ 200 people: 25% capacity *
60% capacity
Zoos 25% capacity
Lesser of 50 or 50% at indoor exhibits
60% capacity

* Denotes expanded activity in Phase 4 ^ Capacity applied for event sized above the capacity limits allowed for social events

Metrics to move forward

COVID-19 metrics: The state could advance if there is a non-increasing trend in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness or COVID-19 patients in the hospital and ICU bed availability remains greater than or equal to 20%. IDPH will continue to monitor mortality, but it will not be a metric used to determine moving through the phases. The state will also consider new knowledge of variants, vaccine effectiveness and the potential necessity of a booster shot as we move forward.

Metrics to move backward

The state could revert to a previous phase if there is a resurgence of the virus, measured by an increasing trend in our case rate and one of the following:

  • Hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness trend increasing and above 150 daily average
  • COVID-19 patients in the hospital trend increasing and above 750 daily census
  • Mortality rate trend increasing and above 0.1 daily average
  • ICU bed availability < 20%

Metrics will be measured over a 10-day monitoring period.