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Restaurants, day camps, youth sports and more: Guidelines for Phase 4 in Illinois, which will start Friday

What can you expect when Illinois moves to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan

Abby Mazzacano, 3, (left) and her sister, Mackenzie, of Geneva sit outside one of the eight shops that have opened at the Batavia Boardwalk Shops at the corner of Wilson and Route 25. All businesses will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October, though some may extend their hours throughout the week.
Abby Mazzacano, 3, (left) and her sister, Mackenzie, of Geneva sit outside one of the eight shops that have opened at the Batavia Boardwalk Shops at the corner of Wilson and Route 25. All businesses will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October, though some may extend their hours throughout the week.

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Illinois will move to Phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan on Friday.

All four of the state's health care regions have been meeting the necessary hospital and testing metrics to advance to the next phase amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Our new Phase 4 business guidance allows for the safe reopening or expansion of several key business segments – such as health and fitness, movies and theater, museums and zoos, as well as indoor dining at restaurants," Pritzker said in a news release. "Science and data are the overarching guardrails for how Illinois will keep moving forward.

"By continuing to wear face coverings and following the guidance from health experts we can continue to safely reopen our economy and move forward together," Pritzker said.

Here are the state's new guidelines for businesses, day camps, indoor and outdoor recreation, manufacturing and more, according to information sent out from the governor's office.

All Industries

• All employees who can work from home should continue to do so

• Continue to wear face covering that covers nose and mouth, maintain social distance of 6 feet, and frequently wash hands

• Continue employee health screenings upon entry into the workplace and mid-shift screenings for employees with shifts greater than 5 hours (virtual screening permitted)

• Follow guidelines on capacity limits and group sizes (to be continually reassessed throughout Phase 4)

Day Camps

• Capacity limit of no more than 50% of facility occupancy

• Group sizes of 15 participants, unless participants changing weekly

• Water-based activities permitted according to IDPH guidelines

• Continue to encourage outdoor activities as much as possible, especially for activities requiring physical exertion and/or exertion of voice

Health and Fitness

• Capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy

• Group fitness classes of up to 50 people with at least 6 feet social distancing between individuals permitted; multiple groups permitted given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups

• Workout stations and equipment should be 6 feet apart without barriers or 3 feet apart with impermeable barriers in between

• For open gym spaces, have 1 employee per every 4,000 square feet to monitor social distancing and sanitize equipment between use

• Sanitize equipment before and after each individual use and sanitize locker rooms and showers at least every hour

• Keep ancillary accommodations (e.g., saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms) closed, though childcare areas are permitted to reopen in line with DHFS childcare guidelines

• Members should wear face covering over their nose and mouth whenever not exercising

Indoor/Outdoor Recreation

• Reopening select indoor recreation facilities (e.g., bowling alleys, skating rinks); indoor playgrounds and trampoline parks should remain closed

• Indoor recreation to operate at lesser of 50 customers or 50% of facility capacity

• Outdoor recreation allowing group sizes of up to 50, and permitting multiple groups given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups

• Activity stations should be spaced at least 6 feet apart or limited in number to ensure social distancing

• Shared equipment should be disinfected before and after each use

• Clubhouses and other communal gathering places allowed to reopen

• Concessions permitted with restrictions

Manufacturing

• In-person meetings of up to 50 people with social distancing permitted

Meetings and Social Events

• Limit to 50 people or less with social distancing or 50% of overall facility capacity

• Multiple groups may meet in the same facility if they are socially distanced and in separate rooms

• Groups should be static for duration of meeting or event. If event includes multiple sessions, participants should remain in one room, and speakers/ presenters should rotate between rooms or be digitally displayed (e.g. projected, livestreamed) in multiple rooms

• Dance floors should remain closed

• Food service should follow Restaurant and Bar guidelines

Museums

• Capacity limit of no more than 25% occupancy

• Guided tours should be limited to 50 or fewer people per group

• Hands-on exhibits and touch screens should be closed or modified to eliminate the hands-on component

• Audio tours are permitted, although equipment should be disinfected before and after individual use

• Museums should have plan to limit congregation via advance ticket sales and timed ticketing

• Concessions permitted with restrictions

Offices

• Continue capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy

• In-person meetings of up to 50 people with social distancing permitted

• Continue health screenings, though employers may screen office employees via in-person conversation or questionnaire once at their workstation, or using virtual method

Restaurants and Bars

• Indoor dining and drinking now permitted for parties of up to 10 people

• Seated areas should be arranged so that tables allow for 6 feet between parties; impermeable barriers may be installed between booths which are less than 6 feet apart

• Standing areas (in restaurants or bars) should be limited to no more than 25% of standing area capacity

• Buffets and self-service food stations (e.g. hot and cold bars, bulk items, baked goods) should adhere to additional minimum guidelines

• Self-service beverage fountains are permissible with the additional precautions

Retail and Service Counter

• Continue capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy

• Mall food courts may reopen in line with Indoor Dining and Drinking guidelines

Personal Care

• Continue capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy

• If services require customer to remove his or her mask, employee must wear both a face mask and eye protection (e.g., face shield, protective glasses)

• No time restrictions on massage or other services

Outdoor Seated Spectator Events

• Outdoor spectator events only; indoor spectator events not permitted at this time

• Tickets events with seating available for all customers permitted; general admission shows and/or events with standing room only are not permitted at this time

• Maximum of 20% of seating capacity for spectators

• Concessions permitted with restrictions

Theaters and Performing Arts

• Seated theaters, cinemas, and performing arts centers for ticketed events with seating available for all customers permitted; general admission shows and/or events with standing room only are not permitted at this time

• Indoor capacity limit of 50 people or less or 50% of space capacity (applies to each screening room); outdoor capacity limited to 20% of overall space capacity

• Patrons should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth, except while seated within a venue (exceptions can be made for people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering)

• Concessions permitted with restrictions

Youth and Recreational Sports

• Competitive gameplay and tournaments permitted

• Capacity limit of no more than 50% facility capacity, 20% seating capacity for spectators

• Group sizes limited to 50 participants total (including athletes, coaches, and referees); with multiple groups permitted during practice and competitive games given venues have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between group

• Concessions permitted with restrictions

Zoos

• Capacity limit of no more than 25% occupancy

• Guided tours should be limited to 50 or fewer people per group

• Hands-on exhibits and touch screens should be closed or modified to eliminate the hands-on component

• Indoor exhibits should be closed

• Audio tours are permitted, though equipment should be disinfected before and after individual use

• Zoos should have plan to limit congregation via advance ticket sales and timed ticketing

• Concessions permitted with restrictions

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