While Illinois businesses and consumers contend with some of the most-restrictive COVID-19 rules in the country, neighboring states are lifting restrictions and opening up further.
On June 12, Indiana entered Phase 4 for its reopening plan with gatherings of up to 250 allowed and 75% capacity at dine-in restaurants. Malls and other retail outlets in Indiana can serve consumers at full capacity.
“In Stage 4, Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions---who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus---should remain at home as much as possible,” Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement. “Face coverings in public places are recommended.”
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on June 11 announced that while local governments can still have public health restrictions in place, the state will lift all restrictions on June 16.
“At some point government just has to get out of the way and let people live their lives and regulate their own selves,” Parson said. “We’re at that time in the state of Missouri.”
In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been adamant about his five-phase plan that calls for relaxing some additional restrictions on June 26. Even after that, Illinois will have restrictions on groups over 50 and continued capacity limits on businesses.
State Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savannah, said some Illinois businesses are leaving the governor behind.
“We’re grown-ups,” McCombie said. “We know if we have underlying health issues. We can figure this out at this point. At first? Understandable. But we’re not there anymore.”
As for Illinois’ state fairs, Pritzker told WMAY on June 11 he couldn't say if there would be an Illinois State Fair this August.
“We’re making those decisions now, looking at all the data and figuring out what we might do,” the governor said. “I’m sure we’ll be making those announcements shortly.”