Illinois bars, restaurants, and more will be able to re-open in just a few days. In the original Restore Illinois plan, businesses were slated to resume in-person operations in its fourth phase.
However, Pritzker announced that because the spread of COVID-19 has been reduced, bars and restaurants can re-open for outdoor seating when phase three begins on May 29.
“With the right restrictions, tables six-feet apart and away from the sidewalks, masks, distancing measures for staff, and other precautions, the experts believe that these services can open at a risk comparable to other outdoor activities and give our hospitality industry a much needed boost as they work to keep their businesses on their feet during this terrible crisis,” said Pritzker.
The Illinois governor originally said bars and restaurants would have to wait until phase four to re-open for indoor dine-in services.
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