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Illinois Moving Into Next Phase of Reopening, Could Fully Reopen in June

Gov. Pritzker says Illinois will move into the next phase of its reopening on Friday, May 14, and that if the state's positive progress in the fight against COVID-19 isn't reversed, it could fully reopen as soon as June 11.

Posted: May 6, 2021 3:16 PM
Updated: May 6, 2021 3:20 PM

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said Thursday that the state would be moving into the "Bridge Phase" of its reopening on Friday, May 14.

Gov. Pritzker says the decision to move into the Bridge Phase comes alongside the stabilization of a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, a success he attributes to the state's high number of vaccinations.

“I’m pleased to announce that the concerning upward movement of cases and hospitalizations we were seeing a few weeks ago have stabilized – a testament to the lifesaving, community-protecting power of vaccinations,” said Gov. Pritzker.

The Bridge Phase will allow for expanded capacity limits for businesses and gatherings before the state moves to a full reopening in Phase 5. You can click here to see all the details of the Bridge Phase.

So long as the state's positive progress in the fight against COVID-19 isn't reversed, Gov. Pritzker says Illinois could enter Phase 5 of its reopening as soon as Friday, June 11, allowing for all sectors of the economy reopen with businesses, schools, and recreation resuming normal operations with new safety guidelines and procedures.

You can watch Gov. Pritzker's full Thursday COVID-19 update on Facebook by clicking here.

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