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Pritzker announces loosening of restrictions on businesses, restaurants, outdoor activities in Phase 3 of Restore Illinois

IDPH announced the state has surpassed 100,000 covid-19 cases.

Patrons enjoy dining at the Eden on the River in St. Charles
Patrons enjoy dining at the Eden on the River in St. Charles

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced loosening of restrictions for a variety of businesses in Phase 3 of his Restore Illinois plan, which is likely nine days away, he said Wednesday.

To give businesses a boost and help them stay on their feet, Pritzker announced bars and restaurants will be allowed to open outdoor seating when Phase 3 begins with proper precautions and social distancing requirement. Seating must be six feet apart and be away from sidewalks.

Phase 3 permits all gatherings of 10 people or fewer.

Outdoor activities will also see some changes in Phase 3. Boating and camping with up to 10 people will be allowed. Illinois will also allow for the reopening of indoor and outdoor tennis courts. Golf courses can allow foursomes out on the same tee times with guidelines for golf carts.

All state parks can reopen on May 29. All concessions will also reopen under guidelines set for retail and food service businesses in Phase 3.

Additionally, the state will provide guidance in the coming days on other outdoor activities such as driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges and paintball ranges.

Personal care services such as nail salons, beauty salons, spas, tattoo shops and barber shops can open in Phase 3 with IDPH safety precautions.

Health clubs, gyms, and fitness studios will be allowed to hold one-on-one personal training sessions in indoor and outdoor facilities of up to 10 people.

With IDPH safety precautions in place, all retail stores will be allowed to open for indoor shopping.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Wednesday announced 100,418 COVID-19 cases and a total of 4,525 deaths across the state for the pandemic so far.

There were 2,288 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours and 147 new deaths.

There were 3,914 patients reported to be hospitalized. Of those 1,005 were in the ICU and 554 on ventilator, the lowest numbers that have been reported for COVID-19 patients in the hospital, according to the IDPH.

The Northeast Region reported a 17.4% positivity rate, on track for Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Health Plan. The region also recorded 18.7% medical/surgical bed availability, 20.8% ICU bed availability and 64.4% ventilator availability. Hospital admission has decreased 44.4%.

The North Central region reported a 7.1% positivity rate, also on track for Phase 3. The region recorded 40.9% medical/surgical bed availability, 43.5% ICU bed availability, and 61.1% ventilator availability. Hospital admission has decreased 33.8%.

New deaths announced include:

- Clinton County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s

- Cook County: 1 female 20s, 3 males 30s, 1 female 40s, 4 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 4 males 50s, 7 females 60s, 19 males 60s, 8 females 70s, 6 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 9 females 80s, 13 males 80s, 10 females 90s, 5 males 90s, 1 male 100+

- DuPage County: 1 male 20s, 1 male 40s, 2 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

- Grundy County: 1 unknown 90s

- Kane County: 1 female 40s, 2 males 40s, 1 female 60s, 3 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 2 female 90s

- Kankakee County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

- Lake County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 3 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s

- Madison County: 1 male 70s

- McDonough County: 1 female 80s

- McHenry County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 80s

- Union County: 1 male 80s

- Whiteside County: 1 female 80s

- Will County: 1 female 60s, 2 females 90s

- Winnebago County: 1 male 60s

- Woodford County: 1 female 90s

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