What to expect when Phase 3 goes into effect on May 29

As part of the Governor Restore Illinois plan Illinois will move into Phase 3 on May 29. Phase 3 means the rate of infection among those surveillance tested is stable or declining. COVID-19-related hospitalizations and ICU capacity remains stable or is decreasing.

Face coverings in public continue to be required. Gatherings of 10 people or fewer for any reason can resume. Select industries can begin returning to workplaces with social distancing and sanitization practices in place. Retail establishments reopen with limited capacity, and select categories of personal care establishments can also begin to reopen with social distancing guidelines and personal protective equipment. Robust testing is available along with contact tracing to limit spread and closely monitor the trend of new cases.

Gatherings: All gatherings of 10 people or fewer are allowed with this limit subject to change based on latest data & guidance.

Travel: Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance.

Health care: All health care providers are open with DPH approved safety guidance.

Education and child care: Remote learning in P-12 schools and higher education; Limited child care and summer programs open with IDPH approved safety guidance.

Outdoor recreation: State parks open; Activities permitted in groups of 10 or fewer with social distancing, including boating.


  • Manufacturing: Non-essential manufacturing that can safely operate with social distancing can reopen with IDPH approved safety guidance.
  • “Non-essential” businesses: Employees of “non-essential” businesses are allowed to return to work with IDPH approved safety guidance depending upon risk level, tele-work strongly encouraged wherever possible; Employers are encouraged to provide accommodations for COVID-19-vulnerable employees.
  • Bars and restaurants: Open for delivery, pickup, and drive through. Restaurants may be able to offer outdoor dining with permits from local municipalities.
  • Personal care services and health clubs: Barbershops and salons open with IDPH approved safety guidance; Health and fitness clubs can provide outdoor classes and one-on-one personal training with IDPH approved safety guidance.
  • Retail: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance, including face coverings.

More details can be found here.