WABASH VALLEY, Ill. (WTHI) - After many months of COVID-19 restrictions, the State of Illinois will reopen on Friday.
Businesses, events, and venues will be able to operate at full capacity. Establishments may still choose to have stricter measures in place.
Face coverings will continue to be required on public transportation, congregate settings, and health care settings,
The state will continue to recommend masking for unvaccinated people.
The reopening follows weeks of case decreases as well as higher vaccination rates.
In a written statement, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said, "A strong economy requires that people not only feel safe, but truly be safe, as they go about their lives as workers, neighbors, consumers, and friends – and thanks to the lifesaving power of vaccinations, that day is finally here for Illinois. I invite all Illinoisans to feel the hope and joy of this moment while also recognizing that this pandemic is still very present for the world at large – not to mention those here at home who have not been or cannot be vaccinated. As we take this next step forward, let’s do so with a renewed commitment to empathy, to community, and to making each day together count. You did it, Illinois.”