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INTERACTIVE: Here's What It Takes For Illinois To Reopen

By Samah Assad


CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois process of reopening incorporates a five-phase approach to gradually reopen the state's economy. It divides the state into four regions: Northeast, North Central, Central and Southern Illinois. Each region is made up of a group of the state's 11 emergency medical services regions.

Illinois is currently in stage 4, but there are signs that some places, notably Chicago, could go back to stage 3. 

To move on to the next phase, each region must meet specific criteria. Use the graphic above to explore what each phase entails, as well as what regions must do to move to the next. All regions are currently in phase 4 as of June 26, but can vary moving forward depending on COVID-19 positive test rates, hospital supply availability and more.

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"It's just a matter of making sure that people who live in certain regions have access to health care and that those hospitals are not overwhelmed," Pritzker said.

Zoom in and click on each county to explore the map below. You can see which region your county is in, as well as what phase of the state's plan it currently falls under. Clicking on the arrows to the left will reveal a legend of regions.


Under phase 4, the following can reopen with new capacity limits under IDPH-approved guidelines:

  • Restaurants and bars, in-door dining
  • Cinemas and theaters
  • Retail stores
  • Gyms
  • Schools
  • Summer and fall programs
  • Childcare
  • Higher education institutions
  • Outdoor recreation programs and public gatherings of up to 50 people allowed

The whole state had moved on to Phase 3 on May 29. Here's what it looked like:

  • All gatherings with 10 people or less are allowed
  • Restaurants are open for delivery and pickup, but also have the option for only outdoor seating with face coverings and social distancing
  • Remote work is still encouraged if possible
  • Non-essential manufacturing and other non-essential businesses would be allowed to reopen under approved safety guidance from the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH)

You can read more about "Restore Illinois" here.


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