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May 27, 2020
Illinois on Track for Phase 3 of Reopening Plan:
Illinois prepares to enter Phase 3 of the governor's reopening plan Friday.
READ: GOV. PRITZKER'S UPDATES TO PHASE 3 OF 'RESTORE ILLINOIS' PLAN
Bars and Restaurants Can Open for Outdoor Seating, All State Parks to Open
Building on a robust, statewide effort to ensure Illinois can safely reopen and following the data, science, and guidance from public health experts and stakeholders across the state, Governor Pritzker announced updates to Phase 3 of the state's Restore Illinois plan.
"We are by no means out of the woods, but directionally, things are getting better. And because of these advances, we are able to make some modifications to allow more activity during Phase 3 of our reopening plan Restore Illinois," said Governor JB Pritzker. "Our mission has always been to get people back to work, get students back to school and return to as much normalcy as possible without jeopardizing the health and safety of Illinoisans."
In the coming days, the state and IDPH will be issuing formal industry-specific guidance, particularly around workplaces and childcare, for business owners and employees in these and other sectors.
Bars and Restaurants
With Phase 3, bars and restaurants will have the option to resume operations for outdoor seating only. Tables must be six feet apart and away from the sidewalks, masks and distancing measures for staff must continue to be followed, and other precautions and guidance will be issued.
These measures will allow restaurants to re-open at a risk comparable to other outdoor activities, while giving the state's hospitality industry a much-needed boost.
Municipalities are encouraged to help restaurants and bars expand their outdoor seating options.
To date, the administration has delivered over $14 million in small business grants averaging $20,000 to 699 bars, restaurants, and hotels across 270 individual cities in Illinois.
With the start of phase 3, all state parks will reopen on May 29. All concession will reopen as well under guidelines set for our retail and food service businesses in Phase 3. Illinois will permit the re-opening of indoor and outdoor tennis facilities with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) safety precautions and capacity limits.
For golf, in Phase 3, courses can allow foursomes out on the same tee times. Carts will also be permitted with one person per cart, or one immediate household per cart.
With the new ten person gathering limit for all activities in Phase 3, boating or camping with up to ten people will be permitted.
The state will be providing guidance on how other outdoor recreational businesses, such as driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges, and paintball courses can safely open their doors in Phase 3.
Health Clubs, Retail, and Personal Care Services
In Phase 3, health clubs, gyms, and fitness studios can provide one-on-one personal training in indoor facilities and outdoor fitness classes of up to ten people.
Personal care services, like nail salons, tattoo shops, hair braiders, spas and barbershops, can open with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits.
And all retail stores can open their doors to in-person shopping with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits in place.
Local governments retain the right to establish stricter restrictions in any areas.
Illinois Department of Public Health
Restore Illinois - Plan (PDF) A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State
All Regions in Illinois Now on Track to Move to Phase 3 at End of May, Pritzker Says
No region can officially move forward until May 29, under the parameters of the governor's plan
View all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Illinois Here
(IDPH) Illinois Department of Public Health - Daily COVID-19 Press Releases May 3, 2020 COVID-19 Press Update
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted a new Provider Notice regarding Temporary PASRR and DON Screening Changes during COVID-19 Pandemic; Provider notices and bulletins contain pertinent information for participating providers for medical services provided or for claims submitted for reimbursement - Updated March 30, 2020
Provider Notice Issued 03/20/2020: Provider notice allowing screenings to be conducted telephonically.
Expansion of Telehealth Services- Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services: Illinois 1135 Request to Address COVID-19 March 20, 2020
ILLINOIS Executive Orders from Illinois.gov
Executive Order Number 32
Executive Order 2020-32 (HTML) April 30, 2020 NEW STAY AT HOME ORDER— This new order allows Illinoisans to leave their home for essential activities, including for health and safety, for necessary supplies and services, for outdoor activity, for certain types of work, to take care of others, and to engage in the free exercise of religion, but otherwise requires them to stay at home or their place of residence to prevent spread of COVID-19. Individuals are required to wear a face covering in public places when they are unable to maintain a six-foot social distance, such as in stores. Defines essential businesses and operations. Non-essential retail stores may fulfill online and telephonic orders through pick-up outside the store or delivery.
Executive Order Number 9
Executive Order 2020-09 (HTML) March 19, 2020- TELEHEALTH — All health insurers regulated by the Department of Insurance are required to cover telehealth services and reimburse providers at the same rate as in-person visits and are prohibited from imposing any cost-sharing for in-network providers. – During the COVID-19 emergency, requires health insurers to cover the costs of telehealth services rendered by in-network providers that are clinically appropriate and medically necessary. The insurance companies can establish reasonable requirement and parameters for telehealth services. (Status: 3/19 Filed with the Secretary of State)