Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced on Thursday a bridge between phase 4 and phase 5 in a new phase. This phase will feature higher capacity limits and will emphasize and encourage people to get the vaccine. There will be higher capacity limits at most businesses including spectator sports and public places.
In order to move to phase 5, 70% of Seniors must receive at least their first shot and case rates, and hospital admissions must remain steady or drop. Right now 58% of seniors have been vaccinated. While 70% of seniors must receive the vaccine, 50% of people 16 and older in Illinois must be vaccinated for the state to move to phase 5. Right now the number is at 28%. Governor Pritzker says all people aged 16 and older will become eligible for the vaccination no later than April 12th.
Governor Pritzker says that he understands some people are concerned about getting the vaccine so mask wearing will still be encouraged until the CDC says so.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Illinois Director of Public Health says that things are definitely trending in the right direction.
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