Restaurants, gyms, and state parks can start reopening after revisions to Restore Illinois plan


SPRINGFIELD, Ill – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the state is able to make modifications to allow more activity during Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan. Those adjustments will come when phase 3 begins on May 29.

Gov. Pritzker says the decision comes with guidance for public health experts. In the coming days, state officials will be issuing formal industry-specific guidance for a variety of sectors.

“The experts have indicated that we can build on to our plan to bring back more activities faster as long as Illinoisans continue to do what we have been doing adhering to precautions and safety measures to keep each other safe,” says Gov. Pritzker.

The updates are for three categories:

  • Bars and restaurants – bars and restaurants will have the option to resume operations for outdoor seating only.
  • Outdoor Activities – all state parks will reopen on May 29. There are also changes to golf, boating, camping and more.
  • Health Clubs, Retail, and Personal Care Services – health clubs, gyms, and fitness studios can provide one-on-one personal training in indoor facilities and outdoor fitness classes of up to ten people.

“The virus has not gone away, other states that have thrown out restrictions and decided to go without regulations are seeing rising cases and beginning to see rising hospitalizations. Here in Illinois we have followed the science and we’re succeeding but we can’t let up now,” said Pritzker.

Protestors object the state restrictions for COVID-19

Today’s announcement comes while there were protests in the state capital where lawmakers were gathering for a special session. The demonstrators object to continued state restrictions due to COVID-19.

It also comes as the state surpasses 100,000 coronavirus cases. There are now 100,418 cases and 4,525 deaths.

You can also check the metrics for each of the state’s three regions on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website –

You can learn more guidance on all three of the categories here:

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