On Friday, June 11th, 2021, Illinois moved to Phase 5 of Restore Illinois. This phase, Illinois Restored, means all sectors of the economy are reopen with new health and hygiene practices permanently in place. The state eliminated all capacity limits on businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, and all other venues.
Mask requirements for vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals continue to align with CDC guidelines. In accordance to CDC guidance, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
Consistent with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated persons are required to wear a face covering in certain situations including:
- On public transportation, planes, buses, trains, and in transportation hubs such as airports and train and bus stations;
- In congregate facilities such as correctional facilities and homeless shelters;
- In health care settings.
Individuals in schools and day cares must also continue to wear face coverings per guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
According to the CDC, it’s critical that schools use and layer prevention strategies. Schools providing in-person instruction should prioritize two prevention strategies:
- Universal and correct use of masks should be required;
- Physical distancing should be maximized to the greatest extent possible.
Municipalities and businesses in most industries may choose to continue to implement public health mitigations as they deem appropriate, including requiring face coverings.
Businesses and communities can learn more about Phase 5 recommended public health practices by visiting the IDPH’s website here.
If you have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, there are resources available. You can visit Vaccines.gov or visit the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response website here.
For individuals living in Suburban Cook County, you can visit vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or call 833-308-1988 (Call Center Hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.) to sign up for a vaccine.
For individuals living in the City of Chicago, you can visit here to locate a vaccine.
You can also call 833-621-1284 to schedule an appointment near you.
Additional information, including FAQs, testing, and preventing COVID-19 can be found at Coronavirus.Illinois.gov.