State of Illinois Releases Safety Standards for Phase 3 Reopening

State of Illinois Releases Safety Standards for Phase 3 Reopening

As Illinois moves closer to reaching Phase 3 of its COVID-19 recovery plan on May 29, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has released an online Business Toolkit to help businesses prepare for and execute a safe reopening plan. The DCOE site includes detailed guidelines for specific categories of businesses, as well as downloadable posters, checklists, social media images, and other helpful resources.

Business settings described in the DCEO toolkit include:

·    Manufacturing

·    Office

·    Retail

·    Service Counters

·    Youth Sports

·    Health & Fitness Centers

·    Personal Care Services

·    Outdoor Recreation

·    Day Camps

·    Restaurants & Bars


In Phase 3, “non-essential” manufacturing, retail, and personal care businesses (such as salons and barbershops) can reopen subject to safety precautions, including capacity limits. Restaurants are allowed to offer outdoor seating with social distance requirements. Fitness facilities may offer outdoor small group programs and one-on-one training, and limited childcare and summer programs may operate with restrictions. Gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people. Face coverings are required in all public activity.

The state will evaluate transitioning to Phase 4, including a wider reopening of restaurants, schools, and public facilities, beginning June 26 at the earliest.