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Illinois will move into Phase 4 of reopening on Friday, June 26, 2020. What does that mean, and what will be opening? We went through the guidelines to give you this summarized list. See the full guidelines at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website.
Phase 4 sees Illinois with a continued decline in the rate of new COVID-19 cases. It allows for more openings and gatherings with 50 people or less. Testing has become widely available, and contact tracing is commonplace. Phase 4 is where we start to see the revitalization of sectors that have been closed or limited since the beginning of the pandemic response. Face coverings are still required in public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
What’s Open in Illinois Phase 4
Health Care: All health care providers are open.
Education: Preschool through grade 12 schools, summer programs, higher education, and childcare can re-open under IDPH approved guidance.
Outdoor Recreation: All outdoor recreation is allowed. Some municipalities may continue to restrict or limit recreation opportunities, see Park District Statements below, or visit the individual parks websites to confirm your activity before heading out. Many aquatic centers are closed for the season, you can see the list of closed pools here.
Day Camps: Capacity limit of no more than 50% of facility occupancy with group sizes of 15. Water activities are permitted.
Youth and Recreational Sports: Competitive gameplay and tournaments are permitted. Spectators are limited to no more than 50% capacity, 20% seating capacity. Group size limited to 50 participants.
Retail: May reopen with capacity limit of 50%.
Bars and Restaurants:
- Indoor dining and drinking are now permitted for parties of up to 10 people.
- Indoor seating areas should allow for 6ft between parties; impermeable barriers may be installed between booths, which are 6ft apart.
Barbershops & Salons: including nail salons and other personal care services, can open with a capacity limit of 50%. No time restrictions on a massage or other services.
Gyms & Health Clubs: Open with capacity limited to 50% occupancy. Group fitness classes may run with 50 or fewer people spaced 6ft apart. Equipment shall have barriers or placed 6ft apart. Saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs are to remain closed. Face coverings should be worn by those not exercising.
Entertainment & Indoor Recreation:
- Movie Theaters and Performing Arts Centers may reopen with for ticketed events – no standing room only or general admission shows allowed. Indoor capacity is limited to 50 people or 50% capacity. Face coverings should be worn in the facility.
- Indoor facilities such as bowling alley’s and skating rinks can reopen to 50 people or 50% of the capacity.
- Indoor playgrounds and trampoline parks should remain closed.
- Clubhouses and communal gathering spaces are allowed to reopen
- Museums may reopen with a capacity of no more than 25% occupancy. Hands-on exhibits and touch screens should be removed or closed.
- Outdoor spectator events are allowed with ticketing – no standing room only or general admission shows permitted. The maximum capacity is 20%.
- Zoos may reopen at 25% occupancy. Hands-on exhibits and touch screens should be removed or closed. Indoor exhibits should be closed. Little Lake County has the details on all the local zoos.
Park District Openings in Phase 4
Individual Park Districts have announced the following openings:
Updated June 29
- Playgrounds are now open. Groups of 50 or less are permitted in the playground area at one time. Social distancing (6ft) must be maintained.
- Splash Pads – Woodscreek’s Crystal Castle and Veteran Acre’s Acorn Alley, – will be open Monday, June 29.
- Main Beach is still closed awaiting guidelines.
- Dog Park, Skate Park, and playgrounds are now open.
- Playgrounds are OPEN. They are not sanitized, therefore visitors use them at their own risks. Facemasks and social distancing are recommended. Capacity is limited to 50.
- Playground are open, except Edward William Hynes Park, which is scheduled to undergo a playground replacement.
- Basketball and volleyball courts are open.
- Tennis Courts are open for doubles play.
- Beaches and Sunset Park Splash Pad remain closed.
- Playgrounds are open. No more than 50 people allowed on the playground at one time.
- Community Center will open for limited use on July 13
- Fitness Center will open on July 13 with restrictions and limits on the number of people. Reservations will open on July 7.
- Petersen Park Beach opening July 1 for swimming and boating
- Merkel Aquatic Center – tentative opening July 13, reservations will be required for open swim spots, a limited number of walk-up spots will be available.
- Outdoor Aquatic Center opens June 26, to members only
- Fitness Center is open with reservations
- Tennis is open
- Gym is open with a capacity limit of 10
- Daycare and Preschool will open July 6 with limited capacity
Public Library Openings in Phase 4
Individual Public Libraries have announced the following openings:
Updated June 29.
- Opening July 6 with shortened hours.
- 1 person at a time will be permitted in the Homeschool Resource Center
- A limited amount of public computers will be available.
- Masks will be required.
- Limit time inside the library to 20-30 minutes.
- There is still no programming and no toys will be out.
- Now accepting material returns in drop boxes only.
- Curbside pickup is now available.
- Curbside service available by appointment only
- The library is now open with reduced/altered hours:
- Monday-Friday 9-10:00 a.m. reserved for patrons 60+ and those with at-risk health conditions
- Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Mask required.
- Book drops open June 8
- No-contact hold pickup service begins on June 22
- Now open for curbside service
- Tentative re-opening is July 6
- The library opens July 6, with special hours for immunocompromised and senior citizens, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
- Face masks are required in the building
- Children younger than 12 must be with a parent or guardian
- Shared items such as puppets, toys, LEGO, train table, bean bags, tablets, jigsaw puzzle, and the piano will not be available.