Pritzker releases re-opening guidelines for phase 3

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at the Thompson Center in Chicago during the daily update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, March 30, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

CHICAGO (WMBD) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker released detailed guidelines that will allow the re-opening of businesses.

The state is currently in Phase 2, but Pritzker said regions throughout Illinois would be able to move to Phase 3 by following safety guidelines. The earliest regions could move forward to Phase 3 is May 29.

In phase 3, retail, offices, manufacturing barbershops and salons, summer programs, various outdoor recreation activities, and bars and restaurants for outside dining will open.

Guidelines for retail:

  • A maximum of 50% of store capacity or five customers are allowed per 1,000 sq.ft of retail space.
  • Customers should not bring reusable shopping bags into stores.
  • Shopping mall food courts should have all indoor seating and tables removed.
  • Fitting rooms should remain closed if employees can’t disinfectant after every use within a disinfectant contact time of 1 minute or less.

Guidelines for restaurants and bars:

  • Outdoor area capacity should be determined by arranging seating to provide at least six feet of space between tables.
  • Six-person party limit.
  • Customers should wait for services off-premises.
  • Live music is permitted but social distancing guidelines should be in place.
  • Face covering required, except while eating and drinking.

Guidelines for personal care services:

  • The service provider should configure space to allow for at least 6-ft. of the distance between customers.
  • The service provider should eliminate the service of all beverages.
  • Maximum of 50% of capacity OR 5 customers allowed per 1000 sq. ft. of usable space.
  • Reservations only, no walk-ins.

Guidelines for health and fitness centers:

  • Reservations only, no walk-ins permitted.
  • Members should maintain 10-ft. of distance during exercise.
  • Members should wear face-covering whenever not exercising.
  • Contact exercises such as boxing, sparring, wrestling, etc. are not permitted.
  • Equipment should not be shared between members at the same time unless from the same household
  • If possible, the fitness center takes member temperature using a thermometer.

Pritzker’s guidelines span 10 different industry categories. To view detailed guidelines for each industry, visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website.

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