Changes to Restore Illinois

Updated: May 26

All regions of the state are on track to move into Phase 3 of Restore Illinois at the end of May. More information on the program and its phases is here. A data tracker to see how regions are doing is here.

This weekend, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) issued detailed guidelines for how different sectors can reopen in Phase 3.


DCEO offered guidelines and toolkits for manufacturing, health and fitness, offices, personal care services, retail, outdoor recreation, service counters (like dry cleaners, electronics repair, etc), day camps, youth sports, and restaurants and bars.


Full details for business owners and employees can be found on the DCEO website.


If you're a customer, a brief summary of the guidance is below:

  1. Bars & restaurants, in addition to takeout and delivery, will be allowed to open for outdoor seating with tables six feet apart.

  2. All Illinois State Parks will reopen on May 29.

  3. Gyms, health clubs, and fitness studios can provide one-on-one personal training indoors and outdoor classes of up to 10 people.

  4. Personal care services (salons, tattoo shops, spas, and barbers) can open with capacity limits.

  5. All retail stores can open with in-person capacity limits.

  6. Wear a mask inside offices, stores, and businesses.

  7. Maintain a 6 ft distance between yourself and others.

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