The announcement, which parallels one from Chicago, is due to sharp improvement in the state's COVID-19 numbers. For instance, the rolling seven-day average of the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests was down to just 2.5 percent as of June 20. For the latest state and city COVID figures, see the charts at the bottom of this story.
One key question not yet answered: Whether schools will reopen for the fall term and, if so, under what guidelines.
“Illinoisans have pulled together with the common mission of keeping each other safe,” Pritzker said in a statement. “By continuing to wear face coverings and following the guidance from health experts we can continue to safely reopen our economy and move forward together.”
Under the new rules released today, meeting venues can reopen with the lesser of 50 people or 50 percent of room capacity. Multiple events at one venue, such as weddings, can occur, provided social distancing between groups is maintained. The hotel industry has been pushing for bigger gatherings in large ballrooms, but Pritzker said no, at least for now.
Indoor recreation facilities such as bowling alleys, skating rinks and clubhouses can reopen, but as with meetings are limited to the lesser of 50 people or 50 percent of capacity.
Indoor dining will be allowed with groups of up to 10, tables spaced 6 feet apart and capacity held at 25 percent. Outdoor dining previously had been allowed under similar rules.
Museums and zoos can reopen at up to 25 percent capacity. But all interactive exhibits must be closed or turned off, and tour groups will be limited to 50 people. Operators are urged to use advanced ticket sales and timed sales, but concession stands can reopen.
Theaters and movies are limited to the lesser of 50 guests or 50 percent of room capacity, and outdoor seated spectator events can reopen at 20 percent of capacity. Moviegoers and theater patrons will have to wear masks, the governor's office says.
Moviemaking can resume, too, at facilities such as Chicago’s Cinespace, where “Chicago Fire” is shot—at 50 percent of soundstage capacity.
At day camps, water-based activities again will be permitted, with participation limited to 15 people maximum.
Pritzker said the state will post detailed rules on its website. He added, “All industries should continue to conduct regular cleanings, employee health screenings upon entry and mid-shift, and allow employees who can continue working from AG亚洲国际游戏home to do so.”
The governor said the businesses now being given the green light to reopen employ about 7 percent of the state’s workforce and account for about $30 billion in production annually.
Under the governor’s rules, local municipalities, such as Chicago, can impose tighter rules if they require but not looser standards. That’s why Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is reopening the city’s lakefront running paths under limited hours, with other parks reopened earlier.
This story has been updated to reflect that masks will be required for moviegoers and theater patrons.