Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce: Governor announces start of bridge to Phase 5 on May 14
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced on May 6 that unless there are significant reversals in key indicators of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic statewide, Illinois will shift to Bridge phase with higher capacity limits on Friday May 14 and the return to normal commercial activities on Friday June 11.
Following the recommendations of Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) experts, Illinois will move forward with a dial-type approach between Phase 4 mitigations – which currently apply statewide – and the new post-pandemic normal of the phase 5.
This bridge to Phase 5 will allow for higher capacity limits and increased business operations, before public health experts say it is prudent to move to the new standard that Phase 5 will bring.
Once 70% of residents 65 and over have been vaccinated and unless hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are canceled during a 28-day monitoring period, the move to phase 5 will begin with increased capacity limits in indoor and outdoor environments.
Once 50 percent of residents aged 16 and over have been vaccinated and stable or declining COVID-19 measurements are recorded during a 28-day surveillance period, Phase 5 will be implemented, completely removing capacity limits.
All regions of the state will go through these next phases together based on statewide actions.
This press release was prepared by Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.