CHICAGO (CBS)– Illinois has moved into the Bridge Phase of reopening Friday, a milestone in the pandemic.
This is the last step before a full reopening, which could come as soon as next month.READ MORE: City Council To Meet Again Friday With Renaming Lake Shore Drive On Agenda
In the new phase, people with proof that they have been fully vaccinated, or with a negative COVID-19 test one to three days before an event or public gathering, will not count against capacity limits.
In Chicago, restaurants and bars can seat groups of 10 people or more, if everyone in the group is fully vaccinated.READ MORE: Man Stabbed On CTA Blue Line Train
Most other businesses, like gyms, offices, retail stores and museums will increase from 50 % to 60 % of normal capacity.
Then amusement parks and sports stadiums, will see capacity limits increase from 25 % of normal to 60 % of normal.MORE NEWS: 'Work-Share Illinois' Helping Workers Who Are Partially Laid Off By Employers
The governor says if we don’t see a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in the next four weeks, the state could fully reopen without any limits…on June 11.