Preparing for Phase 4

The state of Illinois has developed a toolkit to help prepare employers implement new and updated safety guidelines in Phase 4 and ensure activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations.

Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. There is a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

Below is an overview of the Phase 4 changes.

ALL INDUSTRIES

  • All employees who can work from home should continue to do so
  • Continue to wear face covering that covers nose and mouth, maintain social distance of 6 ft., and frequently wash hands
  • Continue employee health screenings upon entry into the workplace and mid-shift screenings for employees with shifts >5 hours (virtual screening permitted)
  • Follow guidelines on capacity limits and group sizes (to be continually reassessed throughout Phase 4)

DAY CAMPS

  • Capacity limit of no more than 50% of facility occupancy
  • Group sizes of 15 participants, unless participants changing weekly
  • Water-based activities permitted according to IDPH guidelines
  • Continue to encourage outdoor activities as much as possible, especially for activities requiring physical exertion and/or exertion of voice

FILM PRODUCTION

  • Capacity limit of no more than 50% of sound stage/location occupancy
  • Crowd scenes should be limited to 50 people or fewer
  • All individuals should maintain 6 ft. of social distancing unless job duty cannot be performed without proximity (e.g. actors performing, hair, make- up, costumes)
  • One-time nasal swab for RT-PCR testing of all cast and crew should be obtained within 48 to 72 hours prior to the start of work on set or location
  • Craft services and catering should follow Restaurant and Bar guidelines
  • Live audiences permitted in line with Theatre/Performing Arts guidelines

HEALTH AND FITNESS

  • Capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy
  • Group fitness classes of up to 50 people with at least 6 ft. social distancing between individuals permitted; multiple groups permitted given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups
  • Workout stations and equipment should be 6 ft. apart without barriers or 3 ft. apart with impermeable barriers in between
  • For open gym spaces, have 1 employee per every 4,000 sq. ft. to monitor social distancing and sanitize equipment between use
  • Sanitize equipment before and after each individual use and sanitize locker rooms and showers at least every hour
  • Keep ancillary accommodations (e.g., saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms) closed, though childcare areas are permitted to reopen in line with DHFS childcare guidelines
  • Members should wear face covering over their nose and mouth whenever not exercising

INDOOR/OUTDOOR RECREATION

  • Reopening select indoor recreation facilities (e.g., bowling alleys, skating rinks); indoor playgrounds and trampoline parks should remain closed
  • Indoor recreation to operate at lesser of 50 customers or 50% of facility capacity
  • Outdoor recreation allowing group sizes of up to 50, and permitting multiple groups given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups
  • Activity stations should be spaced at least 6 ft. apart or limited in number to ensure social distancing
  • Shared equipment should be disinfected before and after each use
  • Clubhouses and other communal gathering places allowed to reopen
  • Concessions permitted with restrictions

MANUFACTURING

  • In-person meetings of up to 50 people with social distancing permitted

MEETINGS AND SOCIAL EVENTS

  • Limit to the lesser of 50 people or 50% of room capacity
  • Multiple groups may meet in the same facility if they are socially distanced and in separate rooms
  • Groups should be static for duration of meeting or event. If event includes multiple sessions, participants should remain in one room, and speakers/ presenters should rotate between rooms or be digitally displayed (e.g. projected, livestreamed) in multiple rooms
  • Dance floors should remain closed
  • Food service should follow Restaurant and Bar guidelines

MUSEUMS

  • Capacity limit of no more than 25% occupancy
  • Guided tours should be limited to 50 or fewer people per group
  • Hands-on exhibits and touch screens should be closed or modified to eliminate the hands-on component
  • Audio tours are permitted, though equipment should be disinfected before and after individual use
  • Museums should have plan to limit congregation via advance ticket sales and timed ticketing
  • Concessions permitted with restrictions

OFFICES

  • Continue capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy
  • In-person meetings of up to 50 people with social distancing permitted
  • Continue health screenings, though employers may screen office employees via in-person conversation or questionnaire once at their workstation, or using virtual method

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

  • Indoor dining and drinking now permitted for parties of up to 10 people
  • Seated areas should be arranged so that tables allow for 6 ft. between parties; impermeable barriers may be installed between booths which are less than 6 ft. apart
  • Standing areas (in restaurants or bars) should be limited to no more than 25% of standing area capacity
  • Buffets and self-service food stations (e.g. hot and cold bars, bulk items, baked goods) should adhere to additional minimum guidelines
  • Self-service beverage fountains are permissible with the additional precautions

RETAIL AND SERVICE COUNTER

  • Continue capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy
  • Mall food courts may reopen in line with Indoor Dining and Drinking guidelines

PERSONAL CARE

  • Continue capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy
  • If services require customer to remove his or her mask, employee must wear both a face mask and eye protection (e.g., face shield, protective glasses)
  • No time restrictions on massage or other services

OUTDOOR SEATED SPECTATOR EVENTS

  • Outdoor spectator events only; indoor spectator events not permitted at this time
  • Tickets events with seating available for all customers permitted; general admission shows and/or events with standing room only are not permitted at this time
  • Maximum of 20% of seating capacity for spectators
  • Concessions permitted with restrictions

THEATERS AND PERFORMING ARTS

  • Seated theaters, cinemas, and performing arts centers for ticketed events with seating available for all customers permitted; general admission shows and/or events with standing room only are not permitted at this time
  • Indoor capacity limit of 50 people or less or 50% of space capacity (applies to each screening room); outdoor capacity limited to 20% of overall space capacity
  • Patrons should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth, except while seated within a venue (exceptions can be made for people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering)
  • Concessions permitted with restrictions

YOUTH AND RECREATIONAL SPORTS

  • Competitive gameplay and tournaments permitted
  • Capacity limit of no more than 50% facility capacity, 20% seating capacity for spectators
  • Group sizes limited to 50 participants total (including athletes, coaches, and referees); with multiple groups permitted during practice and competitive games given venues have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between group
  • Concessions permitted with restrictions

ZOOS

  • Capacity limit of no more than 25% occupancy
  • Guided tours should be limited to 50 or fewer people per group
  • Hands-on exhibits and touch screens should be closed or modified to eliminate the hands-on component
  • Indoor exhibits should be closed
  • Audio tours are permitted, though equipment should be disinfected before and after individual use
  • Zoos should have plan to limit congregation via advance ticket sales and timed ticketing
  • Concessions permitted with restrictions

For more questions call the hotline at 1-800-252-2923 or e-mail  ceo.support@illinois.gov

Read Phase 4 guidelines.