CHICAGO — Friday marked the end to Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order as Illinois transitions to Phase 3 of its reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Illinois, today you have officially entered the next phase of our path forward,” he said.
In the stay-at-home order’s place is new executive order dealing with the stages of recovery.
According to health officials, there were 1,622 new COVID-19 cases and 86 additional deaths in the last 24 hours. They say Illinois is averaging 40 fewer COVID-related deaths per day than we were two weeks ago.
There are currently 3,599 currently hospitalized with COVID-related illness in the state, which the lowest number in weeks, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health website.
Friday also marks the end of Pritzker and IDPH’s daily coronavirus daily briefings, but daily statistical updates will continue.
Under Phase 3, more businesses will be allowed to reopen and people can start gathering in small groups while social distancing.
Non-essential retailers will also open up to shoppers, while limiting the number of customers inside.
Personal care services such as salons, spas and tattoo parlors can also reopen for reservations only.