MAY 5, 2020. COVID-19 UPDATE. 5-PHASE PLAN FOR RESTORING ILLINOIS

Today, Governor Pritzker unveiled a new plan to reopen the state in 5 phases, titled “Restore Illinois.” Here is a quick synopsis of the 5 phases:

Phase 1 – Rapid Spread: This phase takes place when the rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital is high or rapidly increasing. Every region has experienced this phase once already, and it could return if mitigation efforts are not successful. Only essential businesses remain open, and strict stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines are in place.

Phase 2 – Flattening: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital beds and ICU beds increases at an ever slower rate, moving toward a flat and even a downward trajectory. This phase began in Illinois on May 1. Non-essential retail stores reopen for curb-side pickup and delivery. Residents can begin enjoying additional outdoor activities like golf, boating and fishing while practicing social distancing, and are directed to wear a face covering when outside.

Phase 3 – Recovery: The rate of infection among those tested, the number of patients admitted to the hospital, and the number of patients needing ICU beds is stable or declining. This phase will begin after regions meet certain thresholds. The earliest a region can move to Phase 3 is May 29. In this phase, manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops and salons can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions. All gatherings limited to 10 or fewer people are allowed. Face coverings and social distancing are the norm.

Phase 4 – Revitalization: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital continues to decline. For this phase to begin, a region would need to see continued declines in its positivity rate and hospitalizations. All gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, restaurants and bars reopen, travel resumes, child care and schools reopen under guidance from the IDPH. Face coverings and social distancing are still the norm.

Phase 5 – Illinois Restored: With a vaccine or highly effective treatment widely available or the elimination of any new cases over a sustained period, the economy fully reopens with safety precautions continuing. Conventions, festivals and large events are permitted, and all businesses, schools, and places of recreation can open. This phase can only begin with a vaccine, or a widely available and highly effective treatment, or with the elimination of any new cases over a sustained period.

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