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Posted on: May 28, 2020

Phase 4 of Restore Illinois

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The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) released Phase 4 guidelines for residents and businesses. All Illinois regions advanced into Phase 4 of Restore Illinois on June 26.

Phase 4 permits gatherings of 50 or fewer with proper physical distancing. Indoor facilities for industries such as dining, entertainment, and health/fitness may reopen with strict public health and safety guidelines in place. Any questions can be directed to the DCEO by email to CEO.support@illinois.gov or by phone at 1-800-252-2923. Check out the Village’s cheat sheet to see what is and is not permitted in Phase 4.

Phase 4 Industry Guidelines

The DCEO has released specific guidelines for industries to resume or expand operations. Click here for a full list of industries and an overview of the guidelines.

All Industries

  • All employees who can work from home should continue to do so.
  • Continue to wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet, and frequently wash hands.
  • Continue employee health screenings upon entry into the workplace.
  • Follow guidelines on capacity limits and group sizes, which will be continually reassessed throughout Phase 4.

Health & Fitness Activities

  • Capacity is limited to no more than 50% occupancy in place.
  • Classes are limited to 50 individuals or fewer with 6 feet of physical distance between individuals; multiple exercise groups are permitted if there is space to keep proper physical distance and if the facility 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.
  • Sanitize equipment before and after each individual use and sanitize locker rooms and showers at least every hour.
  • Employees should monitor physical distancing and equipment sanitization.
  • Members should wear a face covering over their nose and mouth whenever not exercising.

Meetings & Social Events

  • Capacity is limited to groups of 50 or fewer, or 50% of facility capacity, with physical distancing measures in place.
  • Multiple groups may meet in the same facility if they are physically distanced and in separate rooms.
  • Groups should be static for duration of meeting or event.
  • Dance floors should remain closed.
  • Food service should follow the guidelines for "Restaurants and Bars."

Restaurants & Bars

  • Indoor dining and drinking is permitted for groups of 10 or fewer with physical distancing in place.
  • Tables should be arranged to allow 6 feet in between groups. Impermeable barriers may be installed between booths that are less than 6 feet apart.
  • Standing areas in restaurants or bars should be limited to no more than 25% of standing area capacity.
  • Face coverings are required for all guests, except while eating or drinking.
  • Self-service beverage stations, buffets, and self-service food stations are permitted with safety guidelines in place.

Phase 4 Physical Distancing Guidelines

Practicing physical distancing is crucial to preventing further spread of COVID-19. As Phase 4 permits group activities and gatherings of 50 or fewer, physical distancing is as important as ever. Guidelines include the following:

  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from individuals outside your household.
  • Wear a face covering when out in public, except while exercising or dining with proper physical distancing.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer, frequently and before touching your face.
  • Disinfect frequently used surfaces and follow sanitizing protocols for shared equipment.

Watch: Phase 4 Guidelines for Businesses

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