On May 5, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker unveiled a “public health plan to safely reintroduce the parts of our lives that have been put on hold in our fight against COVID-19.”
Titled, “Restore Illinois,” the plan divides the state into four disctinct “health regions” that are empowered with “the ability to independently move through a phased approach.” It also describes the five phases — ranging from “Rapid Spread” to “Illinois Restored” — and identifies the appropriate restrictions that should accommodate each one.
The restrictions begin with “strict stay at home” for the most severe phase and proceed to “the economy fully reopens” for the final phase.
“We have to figure out how to live with COVID-19 until it can be vanquished,” explained the governor. “This is also a data-driven plan that operates on a region-by-region basis, a recognition that reality on the ground looks different in different areas of our state.”
To learn more about the phases, see the graphic below. To view or download the official “Restore Illinois” plan, click here.