Washington County Health Department administrator Elizabeth Lehde announced that the county had moved into Phase 3 of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan to reopen the state from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Phase 3, the rate of infection among those surveillance tested is stable or declining, and COVID-19-related hospitalizations and ICU capacity remains stable or is decreasing.
Having reached this phase, some activities are resuming with certain safety precautions and recommendations.
Face coverings in public continue to be required, and gatherings of ten people or fewer for any reason can resume.
In addition, 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.
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