Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker just announced bars can reopen in Phase 3 with outdoor seating. Restaurants and bars throughout the state can reopen on June 1 if they can provide outdoor seating and have proper social distancing for customers. He also said additional restrictions will be loosened to help the state's food-service workers.
Pritzker said, the Illinois' epidemiologists and disease experts believe "these services can open at a risk comparable to other outdoor activities." Pritzker encouraged local officials to shut down streets and "do whatever is in their power" to help these establishments. Employees will be required to wear masks while working, he said.
Bars and dine-in restaurants throughout the state have been closed since March 16.
During Phase 3, almost all retail businesses will be allowed to reopen for in-store shopping with capacity and safety restrictions, Pritzker said. Personal care businesses, hair and nail salons, barbershops and tattoo studios, can also reopen with the new restrictions. Health clubs and gyms can resume one-on-one training or hold outdoor training sessions with up to 10 people, he added.
Illinois state parks will reopen on May 29, The Governor said at his daily coronavirus briefing. Boating and camping with up to 10 people are also permitted. In Phase 3, gatherings of less than 10 people are allowed for any reason, not just essential ones, Pritzker reminded residents to wear protective masks when they cannot maintain their distance.