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New guidelines for the State to reopen completely are set to go into effect on June 11th. This comes on the heels of weeks of steady declines in cases and over 67% of all adults have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine. The test positivity rate in Illinois has been less than 2 percent. Key hospital metrics have declined since early May. 

 

People who are fully vaccinated in Illinois can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by law. The state will continue to recommend masking for those who are unvaccinated and for those who are traveling on public transportation, congregate settings, health care settings, and those who are in school, daycare, and educational institutions. Businesses themselves can implement mitigations as they see fit. 

 

Also under this new phase 5, all sectors of the economy can resume at regular capacity meaning the return of traditional conventions, festivals, and large events without restrictions on numbers. Large gatherings can resume and mandatory social distancing at seated venues has been lifted. Guidance for schools is updated to align with CDC guidelines including lifting the requirement for people to mask outdoors. 

 

Under the new budget, $1.5 billion has been set aside to support business grants, tourism recovery, workforce recovery, affordable housing, violence prevention, capital projects, and other investments throughout the state. 

 

You can find out more by clicking on the IDPH link here.

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