Guidelines Released by Gov. Pritzker for Business Reopenings Friday

Guidelines Released by Gov. Pritzker for Business Reopenings Friday

SPRINGFIELD – With much of Illinois on track to reopen many businesses later this week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker Sunday released his most detailed guidelines for reopenings yet.

Barbers and their customers will have to wear face masks and restaurants will be able to serve parties no larger than six people, spaced apart and outdoors only. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order in mid-March.

Lawmakers passed a bill letting bars and restaurants sell mixed drinks to go. They will have to be carefully packaged, but sales should help out the industry according to State Senator Sara Feigenholtz.

Local municipalities may opt out of the law and not allow the curbside sales. The legislation now heads to the Governor’s desk.

The Illinois Department of Public Health yesterday reported 1,713 new cases of COVID-19, including 31 additional deaths. The new numbers raise the statewide total to 112,017 cases, including 4,884 deaths.

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