Illinois Ready to Move into Phase 4
Governor J.B. Pritzker announced all of Illinois' four health regions have met the required metrics and can move to phase four of the state's reopening plan on Friday. Phase four of "Restore Illinois" allows for the reopening or expansion of several industries, including indoor dining at restaurants, health and fitness, movies theaters, museums and more. This next phase also increases the size of gatherings that are allowed from 10 people to a maximum of 50 people. According to state health officials, the positivity rate on Thursday sat at 3 percent. Earlier this week, that rate had been at 2 percent, but with a slight increase in positive tests over the last two days, the number moved back up. In all, 139,434 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Illinois, along with 6,810 deaths.