SPRINGFIELD, Ill – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says it appears all of Illinois is on track to move into phase 3 of Restore Illinois plan next Friday.
As more and more businesses start to reopen, the state is focusing on reopening daycare centers so children have a safe place to go when their parents head back to work.
Daycares were deemed essential businesses since the beginning of the pandemic, but focused on helping essential workers. However, all of the state’s 5,500 childcare providers who are not currently operating are being asked to reopen at the start of phase 3.
The reopening does come with guidelines to follow. During the first four weeks, providers will not be allowed to have more than 10 children in a classroom. After the first four weeks, officials believe staff will be accustomed to the new health, social distancing, and sanitation routines. Then, they will be able to expand to larger group sizes.
“On the strong advice of public health experts these new group size limits will be roughly 30% lower than the levels they were at before the pandemic,” said Pritzker.
The governor’s office will release more information on guidelines in the coming days.
State health officials also announced 2,758 new cases of coronavirus and 110 additional deaths. The total in the state is now 105,444 cases and 4,715 deaths.