MAY, 29, 2020
ILLINOIS — Today's the day: With the state hitting all the necessary benchmarks to move into phase 3 of the coronavirus reopening plan, Friday is the day when bars and restaurants can reopen to diners for outdoor seating only and with social distancing and sanitation measures in place. Many bars and restaurants have been shut down since Gov. J.B. Pritzker banned dine-in customer service March 16.
With the extended stay-at-home order expiring Friday, the Restore Illinois plan allows for some businesses previously deemed nonessential to reopen, including salons, barbershops and health clubs — all with capacity limits and new guidelines such as allowing only outdoor group fitness classes.