State health officials on Monday lifted the toughest restrictions in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Chicago and suburban Cook, Lake, Kane, McHenry and DuPage counties after the Illinois Department of Public Health launched a new plan to add hospital staff and beds where the need is greatest.

However, indoor dining and drinking at bars and restaurants remains suspended throughout the Chicago area. 

Imposed on Nov. 20, the strictest restrictions, known as Tier 3 by state officials, reduced the number of people who can be inside a business at one time. The rules also closed theaters, museums and other institutions.

Casinos and museums will be allowed to reopen in Chicago and Cook County with capacity limits of no more than 25%. Restrictions now in place in the Chicago area limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people, both indoors and outdoors, according to the guidelines.

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SOURCE ( Heather Cherone / WTTW News )