Governor Pritzker confirms Illinois will transfer to the total reopening of Part 5 on Friday
File Photo – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker. | Photo: Illinois Information Service.
Governor JB Pritzker confirmed that all of Illinois will move into Phase 5 on Friday, which will allow 100 percent capacity for all businesses and events in the state.
The state will lift all capacity limits for companies, major events, conventions, amusement parks and all other venues, Pritzker said in a statement on Thursday.
The mask requirement for non-vaccinated individuals remains in place in accordance with CDC guidelines, Pritzker added.
The state has the lowest number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, the lowest test-positive rate, and more than 68% of Illinois adult residents who received at least one dose of the vaccine.
“A strong economy requires people not only to feel safe, but truly safe, as they lead their lives as workers, neighbors, consumers and friends – and thanks to the lifesaving benefits of vaccination, that day is finally here for Illinois. “Said Pritzker.
“I invite all Illinois people to feel the hope and joy of this moment while also acknowledging that this pandemic is still very present to the world – not to mention those here at home who have not been or cannot be vaccinated . When we take this next step, we do so with a renewed commitment to empathy, community and ensuring that every day counts together. You did it, Illinois, ”said Pritzker.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 366 new confirmed and probable cases, 764 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and a 1.3% test positive rate on Thursday.
“These are some of the lowest COVID-19 statistics reported in Illinois to date. Additionally, IDPH reports 209 people with COVID-19 in intensive care and 103 people with ventilators. These are also some of the lowest numbers we’ve seen since the pandemic began, “the governor’s office said.
11.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given to Illinois residents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 68% of Illinois residents 18 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 51% of adults are fully vaccinated.
More than 88% of Illinois seniors have received at least one dose of vaccine.
“It is a very exciting time as we are reaching the point where companies can operate with no capacity limits and we are seeing the return of major events that we have enjoyed in the past,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.
“However, it is important to remember that we are still in a global pandemic and that not everyone has the protection of one of the safest, most effective vaccines ever. No vaccine is currently approved for children under the age of 12 and some adults have chosen not to vaccinate, ”said Ezike.
“For these reasons, it is important for unvaccinated people to continue to wear masks in public and to distance themselves socially. The virus can spread further among unvaccinated people, which could lead to additional mutations and new, more virulent variants, ”she said.
Fully vaccinated people in Illinois are not required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors unless required by state or local regulations such as public transportation and health care facilities.
Individuals in schools and daycare must continue to wear face-covering under the guidance of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.