Illinois reopens under Phase 5 guidelines

Due to the recent decline in new COVID-19 cases, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that Illinois would reopen on June 11 under Phase 5 guidelines.


Under Phase 5, mask guidelines are adjusted to only require masks if required by federal, state or local laws for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.


Under those requirements, schools, day cares, public transit and any place involved with health care will require masks regardless.


Schools and daycares will continue to follow separate guidelines provided by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


Businesses and workplaces may still choose to require masks for all workers and customers at their own discretion.


Included in Phase 5, social distancing and capacity restrictions are no longer required in places such as restaurants, theaters and gatherings. Immunocompromised individuals are encouraged to wear masks if they feel they need to.


In most outdoor settings unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks if social distancing is not possible.


Schools are expected to return to in-person learning for the upcoming school year unless decided otherwise by school district officials.


To learn more about state policies, please visit the IDPH website.

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