The Phases Phase 1 We already are past stage one, when the number of patients admitted to the hospital is high or rapidly increasing. During this phase, strict stay at home and social distancing guidelines are put in place and only essential businesses remain open. Every region has experienced this phase once already and could return to it if mitigation efforts are unsuccessful.
Phase 2 The “flattening” phase is where we’re currently at in Illinois. In this phase, the rate of infection among those tested, and the number of patients admitted to hospital and ICU beds increases at a slower rate, moving toward a flat and, eventually, a downward trajectory. The updates to the stay at home order — which allowed curbside pickup and delivery at retail stores, and reopening of golf courses and state parks — were tied to this phase, which remains in effect statewide until May 29, Pritzker said.
Phase 3 The “recovery” phase will happen when the rate of infection among those tested, the number of patients admitted to the hospital and the number of patients needing ICU beds is stable or declining. Manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops, and salons can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions. Gatherings with 10 or fewer people are allowed. Fitness clubs can provide outdoor classes and one-on-one personal training with IDPH approved safety guidance. Face coverings and social distancing remain the norm.
Phase 4 The “revitalization” phase means the rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital continues to decline. All gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, restaurants and bars reopen, travel resumes, and child care and schools reopen under guidance from the health department. Face coverings and social distancing are the norms.
Phase 5 The state will only return to the “normal” phase when a vaccine or highly effective treatment becomes widely available, or with the elimination of any new cases over a sustained period, Pritzker said. Conventions, festivals, and large events are once again permitted during this phase, and all businesses, schools, and places of recreation can open with new safety guidelines and procedures in place reflecting the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.