State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates - Click Here

Dear friend,


Thanks to the many Illinoisans who maintained social distancing measures, wore masks in public, and took care to watch out for neighbors, Illinois’ COVID-19 positivity rate continues to fall.  While we are not done fighting this virus, Illinois continues to see less infection, suffering and deaths as a result of it.


With Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan set to take effect June 26, including Chicago’s Phase IV, we will see gyms, movie theaters, museums, zoos and restaurants reopen under cautious public health guidelines that will include continued social distancing and face covering requirements. Gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed under these same guidelines.


Here are some activities you can expect to resume in these new reopening phases in the City of Chicago and statewide:

  • As child care centers continue to reopen, health screenings will be required for children before entry into classrooms, and children are required to wear face coverings while not in classrooms.
  • Customers are still required to wear face coverings in retail and all other public settings while indoors. In indoor dining venues, customers must wear masks when not seated.
  • Venues, meeting spaces and select indoor facilities (including bowling alleys, skating rinks and clubhouses) can reopen with occupancy restrictions.
  • Restaurants can resume indoor dining for parties of up to 10 people, as long as tables are 6 feet apart and standing areas are limited to 25% capacity. Outdoor dining is allowed with proper social distancing between tables.
  • Museums, zoos, theaters and other cultural attractions can reopen with 50-person occupancy restrictions and staggered entrance and exit times to prevent crowding at checkpoints.
  • Outdoor spectator sports can resume with certain safety measures.
  • Splashpads remain closed.


If progress continues to be made and Chicago reaches fewer than 100 new cases per day, capacity restrictions will be loosened further during Phase IV. A full list of guidelines by industry is available at the City of Chicago’s website here, and for the status of COVID-19 statewide visit—the site is updated continually to ensure you have access to the latest and most accurate statistics.


Please continue to use face coverings in public and respect social distancing requirements. These measures will ensure we don’t see a spike in cases that could cause us to move back to previous phases.


With questions about the state’s Phase 4 or the city’s Phase IV or other issues facing our state, please reach out to my office via email here, and we will do our best to assist you.



Heather A. Steans
State Senator, 7th Illinois Senate District

COVID19 Updates

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