Another change to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's COVID-19 reopening plan is expected the week of March 15, but it won’t be the full reopening initially laid out in May 2020.
A year ago, Pritzker started ordering limits on gathering sizes to smaller and smaller numbers he said was an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Twelve months later, many restrictions remain in place to reduce the spread of the virus. The state is in Phase 4 of the governor's plan, with a 50-person limit on the size of gatherings. Phase 5 would be full reopening.
During a Senate Health Committee hearing March 15, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said she thinks the state is “getting close” to reopening more, but not all the way.
“I think from where we are now to Phase 5 maybe not just an on/off switch, but maybe a dial,” Ezike said. “So there may be one more phase before we get to Phase 5. I think the governor is going to release a plan that we have been working on later this week.”
A lot of the benchmarks she said will rely on the vaccination rates of the most vulnerable population, the state’s seniors.
“So once we see like a greater majority of our seniors vaccinated, that should get us to another level and then...