INTERACTIVE: Here’s What It’ll Take For Illinois To Reopen

Chicago News

By Samah Assad

CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois has started the process of reopening after Gov. JB Pritzker announced his plan to “Restore Illinois” last week.

The plan incorporates a five-phase approach to gradually reopen the state’s economy. It divides the state into four regions: Northeast, North Central, Central and Southern Illinois. Each region is made up of a group of the state’s 11 emergency medical services regions.

To move on to the next phase, each region must meet specific criteria. Use the graphic above to explore what each phase entails, as well as what regions must do to move to the next. All regions are currently in phase 2, but can vary moving forward depending on COVID-19 positive test rates, hospital supply availability and more.

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“It’s just a matter of making sure that people who live in certain regions have access to health care and that those hospitals are not overwhelmed,” Pritzker said.

Zoom in and click on each county to explore the map below. You can see which region your county is in, as well as what phase of the state’s plan it currently falls under. Clicking on the arrows to the left will reveal a legend of regions.

Pritzker declined to predict which region might be the first to move on to the third phase of reopening. However he said no region can move on to phase 3 until May 29 at the earliest.

Under phase 3:

  • Remote work is still encouraged if possible
  • Non-essential manufacturing and other non-essential businesses would be allowed to reopen under approved safety guidance from the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH)

Under phase 4, the following can reopen with new capacity limits under IDPH-approved guidelines:

  • Restaurants and bars
  • Cinemas and theaters
  • Retail stores
  • Gyms
  • Schools
  • Summer and fall programs
  • Childcare
  • Higher education institutions
  • Outdoor recreation programs and public gatherings of up to 50 people allowed

You can read more about “Restore Illinois” here.

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