Gov. J.B. Pritzker released guidelines Sunday for retailers, manufacturers, barbershops, salons, health and fitness centers, and other businesses that will be allowed to reopen in coming days as the state enters the next phase of its “Restore Illinois” plan.
In addition to social distancing, wearing masks and hand-washing, Phase 3 of Pritzker’s plan includes some specific guidelines for places like gyms, hair salons and day camps:
- Youth sports activities are limited to drills, practices and lessons that involve no contact between kids and allow for six feet of social distancing to be maintained.
- Fitness classes are limited to one on one training, outdoor classes with a maximum of 10 participants and no contact between attendees.
- Personal care services, like those you get at hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, waxing centers and tattoo parlors, can only be performed while the customer and employee are both wearing face masks.
- Massages and body treatments, like masks and scrubs, are limited to 30 minutes or less.
- Camps can only take place during the day; overnight camps are not allowed.
- Restaurants and bars can be open for outdoor dining only and limited to parties of six people or fewer.
The governor stressed that as more businesses reopen, the top priority will continue to be the health and safety of Illinois residents and workers, and he urged Illinois residents to continue to take precautions.
Guidelines for Phase 3 as well as toolkits for businesses can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website. The governor’s office estimates about 700,000 Illinois residents will be able to return to work in Phase 3.