Gov. JB Pritzker Tuesday announced a five-phase "Restore Illinois" plan to regionally re-open the state's economy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We have to figure out how to live with COVID-19 until it can be vanquished – and to do so in a way that best supports our residents’ health and our healthcare systems, and saves the most lives," Pritzker said. "Restore Illinois is a public health plan to safely reintroduce the parts of our lives that have been put on hold in our fight against COVID-19. 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."
The plan, which the governor said was developed in consultation with public health metrics, identifies four districts; Northeast Illinois, North-Central Illinois, Central Illinois and Southern Illinois; that will each undergo five separate phases of re-opening based on the severity of the outbreak and speed of recovery in the region.
A full break-down of the plan can be found here: https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/sfc/servlet.shepherd/document/download/069t000000BadS0AAJ?operationContext=S1
In a statement, Illinois Senate President Don Harmon spoke highly of the plan.
"This is the kind of forward-looking plan that people across Illinois have been expecting. It offers hope during economic dark days while reminding everyone of how dangerous and deadly this virus remains. That another 176 people lost their lives to COVID-19 in the past day tells us that the enemy is still out there. We will get through this together by following the advice of medical professionals and public health experts," Harmon said.