Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at his daily coronavirus briefing from the Thompson Center in Chicago, on March 28, 2020. At right is Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Illinois Deptartment of Public Health director. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Monday that Regions 1 and 2 will be moving to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan effective immediately.

This announcement comes one week after Gov. JB Pritzker and IDPH allowed Region 2 to move from Tier 3 to Tier 1 of the state’s coronavirus plan.

Phase 4 allows retail, service counters and personal care services to continue at a capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy.

Meetings and social events are now limited to 50% of room capacity or 50 people while museums are at a capacity limit of 25% occupancy.

Indoor and outdoor recreation are allowed to reopen select indoor facilities, but indoor playgrounds and trampoline parks are to remain closed. Indoor recreation is to facilitate at 50 customers or 50% of facility capacity.

Indoor dining and drinking are now allowed for parties of 10 or fewer people in restaurants and bars.

Seating areas in restaurants and bars are to be arranged so tables allow for 6 feet of distance between parties. Barriers may be put into place between booths that are less than six feet apart.

An overview and more in-depth view of the Phase 4 guidelines can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website.

KELLIE FOY is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at  Follow Foy on Twitter at @kellie_foy 

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