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The New Normal for Illinois: What Phase 3 Looks Like

As Illinois eases into phase three of Gov. Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan, you may be wondering what’s changing from the last couple of months. Here is a quick overview:


(Are you a business owner? Here are the specific actions different Illinois businesses must take to cooperate with reopening guidelines: https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/phase-three-what-illinois-businesses-must-do-to-adhere-to-reopening-guidelines/2277481/)


Gatherings:

All gatherings of 10 people or fewer are allowed


Travel:

Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance


Healthcare:

All health care providers are open with DPH approved safety guidance


Education and child care:

  • Remote learning in P-12 schools and higher education

  • Limited child care and summer programs open with IDPH approved safety guidance

  • For a full list of guidelines for child care providers click here.


Summer Camps:

Day camps not licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services operating over the summer months, such as recreational day camps, educational day camps and religious day camps can take place during the day only. No overnight camps permitted.


For more on the restrictions and guidelines click here.


Outdoor recreation:

  • State parks open

  • Activities permitted in groups of 10 or fewer with social distancing.

  • Campgrounds will be allowed to open, with proper social distancing procedures in place

  • Groups of 10 or fewer people will also be allowed to travel together on boats, but must continue to wear masks when social distancing is not possible

  • Golfers will be allowed to play in groups of up to four. Carts will also be allowed, but will still only be allowed to transport one golfer, unless the two golfers have been living together during the stay-at-home order

  • Driving ranges will be allowed to reopen, and the Illinois Department of Public Health will provide guidance on how to safely reopen those practice facilities.

  • Outdoor shooting ranges and paintball courses will also be allowed to reopen, with guidelines in place

For outdoor recreation businesses like driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges, paintball courses, outdoor adventure parks and more, groups will need to be limited to 10 people.


Multiple groups will be permitted at once as long as facilities allow for social distancing of participants and employees, 30 feet of distancing is maintained between groups and areas for each group are clearly marked to discourage interaction between groups.


Customers will still need to wear face coverings and businesses will need to develop a system to inform guests of capacity limitations.


Youth Sports:

In phase three, organizations operating recreational sport activities for youth can hold drills, practices, and lessons that do not involve contact between individuals and allow for 6 feet of social distancing to be maintained. No competitive games will be allowed in this phase.


For more details on the guidelines and restrictions click here.


Manufacturing:

Non-essential manufacturing that can safely operate with social distancing can reopen with IDPH approved safety guidance.


For more details on the guidelines and restrictions click here.


“Non-essential” businesses:

Employees of “non-essential” businesses are allowed to return to work with IDPH approved safety guidance depending upon risk level, tele-work strongly encouraged wherever possible; Employers are encouraged to provide accommodations for COVID-19-vulnerable employees.


For more details on the guidelines and restrictions click here.


Bars and restaurants:

Open for delivery, pickup, drive through. Restaurants will also be allowed to open outdoor seating in this phase for parties of six or fewer. Social distancing requirements still in place, meaning tables should be six feet apart from one another and from sidewalks, masks and distancing measures will be required for staff and other precautions.


Outdoor seating includes areas located on the rooftop of a building or within establishment with retractable roof. The roof should remain open during

hours of operation of outdoor dining and/or drinking). It can also include outdoor space connected to or located on the site of a restaurant, grocery store, health or fitness center, hotel, golf club, or other social club with a food establishment license. Indoor space where 50% or more of a wall can be removed via the opening of windows, doors, or panels provided that dining tables are within 8 feet from such opening will also be allowed along with any other outdoor dining and drinking areas authorized by local governments provided that food and drinks are prepared by licensed food or liquor establishments and that proper social distancing of 6 feet between designated customer tables and other seating areas.


For more details on the guidelines and restrictions click here.


Personal care services:

Barbershops and salons open with IDPH approved safety guidance.

In phase three, services for personal care should be limited to:

  • Services which can be performed while customer and employee are wearing a face covering over their nose and mouth

  • Massages and body treatments such as body wraps and scrubs should be limited to 30 minutes or less

Services should be limited to reservations only with no walk-ins. Customers will need to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth if medically possible. If a customer has COVID-19 symptoms, they should wait to enter premises until

they have had no fever for at least 72 hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared.


For more details on the guidelines and restrictions click here.


Health and Fitness:

Gyms, fitness centers and yoga, dance, cycling, pilates and barre studios can begin to reopen with safety guidance.


Health and fitness services are limited to one-on-one training or outdoor fitness classes with up to 10 participants. Contact activities are prohibited.


Services are limited to reservations only. No walk-ins will be permitted.

Before allowing entrance, fitness centers should ask whether a member is currently exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If a member does have symptoms, they should wait to enter premises until they have had no fever for at least 72 hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared.


Members should clean and sanitize equipment both before and after use, maintain 10 feet of distance during exercise and wear face coverings when not exercising, if medically possible.


Contact exercises such as boxing, sparring, wrestling, etc. are not permitted. Drills related to activities that use punching bags are allowed but equipment should be sanitized before and after each use.


Equipment should not be shared between members at the same time unless from the same household.


For more details on the guidelines and restrictions click here.


Retail:

Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance, including face coverings. Businesses will be allowed to reopen at a maximum of 50% of store capacity or five customers allowed per 1,000 square feet of retail space. Customers will still need to wear face coverings if medically possible and cannot bring reusable bags into stores.


For more details on the guidelines and restrictions click here.


Service counters:

Dry cleaners, electronics repair shops, shoe repair shops, car washes and other such service providers are allowed with a maximum of 50% of capacity or five customers allowed per 1,000 square feet of usable space.


For more details on the guidelines and restrictions click here.


Offices:

Offices will be allowed to conduct operations from within non-customer-facing office spaces. Businesses operating within offices include those such as legal services, accounting services, architectural/engineering design and more. Office capacity must remain at at least 50% and employees who can work from home should continue to do so. There must also be a social distancing plan in place. For more details click here.


Reposted from NBC

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-phase-3-how-businesses-will-reopen-and-what-you-will-be-allowed-to-do/2278083/


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