State of Illinois Moving Towards Third Phase of Reopening Plan

Governor JB Pritzker confirmed the state is on track to move into Phase 3 of  the Restore Illinois plan at the end of this week. The third phase of the reopening plan allows thousands to return to work, and the reopening of businesses in the following industries: retail, offices, manufacturing, and barbershops. Officials say COVID-19 health metrics in the state show he positivity rate to be below 20 percent with stable hospitalizations and hospital bed availability above 14 percent. As of right now, the positivity rate is averaging 9.2 percent. In late April the statewide positivity rate was at an all time high at 23 percent. COVID-19 hospitalizations have gone down to a six week low  with nearly 1,000 fewer patients. Phase 3 for reopening Illinois begins on Friday and the state’s Stay-At-Home order will expires on Saturday.

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