Illinois moving to ‘Bridge Phase’ of reopening next week, here’s what changes

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CHICAGO (WREX) — On May 5, 2020, the state announced a 5-phase plan to reopen the state during the coronavirus pandemic. Almost exactly one year later, on May 6, 2021, we now know when we are scheduled to reach the fifth and final phase.

On Thursday, Governor JB Pritzker announced the state is moving to the “Bridge Phase” of reopening on May 14 and is scheduled to move to Phase 5 on June 11.

READ MORE: Will I need to wear a mask during the final phase of reopening Illinois?

So what’s the difference between Phase 4, the “Bridge Phase” and Phase 5? We break it down for you:

  • Dining

    • Phase 4: Seated areas: Patrons ≥ 6 feet apart; parties ≤ 10, Standing areas: 25% capacity
      • Indoors: 50% capacity with no more than 100 people per space; table size ≤ 6, Outdoors: 6 feet between parties; table size ≤ 10
    • Bridge Phase: Seated areas: Patrons ≥ 6 feet apart; parties ≤ 10, Standing areas: 30% capacity indoors; 50% capacity outdoors
      • indoors: 75% capacity with at least 6 ft. between parties; table size ≤ 10; Seating at bars/counters limited to 6 per party indoors and outdoors, Standing areas limited to 25% capacity
  • Health and fitness

    • Phase 4: 50% capacity, Group fitness classes of 50 or fewer indoors or 100 or fewer outdoors
    • Bridge Phase: 60% capacity, Group fitness classes of 50 or fewer indoors or 100 or fewer outdoors
  • Offices

    • Phase 4: 50% capacity
    • Bridge Phase: 60% capacity
  • Personal care

    • Phase 4: 50% capacity
    • Bridge Phase: 60% capacity
  • Retail and service counter

    • Phase 4: 50% capacity
    • Bridge Phase: 60% capacity
  • Amusement parks

    • Phase 4: 25% capacity
    • Bridge Phase: 60% capacity
  • Festivals and general admission outdoor spectator events

    • Phase 4: 15 people per 1,000 sq. ft.
    • Bridge Phase: 30 people per 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Flea and farmers markets

    • Phase 4: 25% capacity or 15 people per 1,000 sq. ft.
    • Bridge Phase: Indoor: 15 people per 1,000 sq. ft., Outdoor: 30 people per 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Film production

    • Phase 4: 50% capacity
    • Bridge Phase: 60% capacity
  • Meetings, conferences and conventions

    • Phase 4: Venue with capacity < 200 persons: Lesser of 50 people or 50% capacity *, Venue with capacity ≥ 200 persons: Lesser of 250 people or 25% capacity
    • Bridge Phase: Lesser of 1,000 people or 60% capacity
  • Museums

    • Phase 4: 25% capacity
    • Bridge Phase: 60% capacity
  • Recreation

    • Phase 4: Indoor: Lesser of 50 people or 50% capacity, Outdoor: Maximum groups of 50; multiple groups permissible
    • Bridge Phase: Indoor: Lesser of 100 people or 50% capacity, Outdoor: Maximum groups of 100; multiple groups permissible
  • Social events

    • Phase 4: Indoor: Lesser of 50 people or 50% capacity, Outdoor: Lesser of 100 people or 50% capacity
    • Bridge Phase: Indoor: 250 people, Outdoor: 500 people
  • Spectator events (ticketed and seated)

    • Phase 4: Indoor venue with capacity < 200 people: Lesser of 50 people or 50% capacity, Outdoor venue or indoor venue with capacity ≥ 200 people: 25% capacity
    • Bridge Phase: 60% capacity
  • Theaters and performing arts

    • Phase 4: Indoor venue with capacity < 200 persons: Lesser of 50 or 50% capacity, Outdoor venue or indoor venue with capacity ≥ 200 persons: 25% capacity
    • Bridge Phase: 60% capacity
  • Zoos

    • Phase 4: 25% capacity, Lesser of 50 or 50% at indoor exhibits
    • Bridge Phase: 60% capacity

Once the state moves into Phase 5, conventions, festivals and large events are permitted, and all businesses, schools, and places of recreation can open with new safety guidance and procedures in place.

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As of May 6, 2021, Illinoisans will still need to wear masks once the state does move into Phase 5.

“It’s very exciting, to me, that we can begin to reopen to a Bridge Phase and then, ultimately, to Phase 5, which is reopening everything, except making sure that we’re still masking so we can protect those who are unvaccinated,” Gov. Pritzker said.

So it’s very possible that come Friday, June 11, masks will still need to be worn in some capacity.

Coronavirus Resources

  • Click here for the latest CDC novel coronavirus resources and links.
  • Track the COVID-19 globally using this map tracker here.
  • Click here for the latest information from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • Need to get tested? Here’s a list of mobile testing sites provided by the state.
  • Looking for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine? Click here.
  • You can get the latest coverage from 13 WREX here.

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