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Childcare facilities can reopen with restrictions in Phase 3, some faith services


The Heart of Illinois is one week away from moving into Phase 3 of the Governor's reopening plan, according to our health metrics. With more people being able to return to work, daycare availability is expanding.

All facilities can open with restrictions.

Governor Pritzker announced the changes Friday during his daily COVID-19 briefing.

For the first four weeks they are reopened, providers can only serve 10 kids per classroom.

After those first four weeks of safe care, they will be able to expand to larger group sizes, but not full licensed capacity. Those details are expected to be released later.

"On the strong advice of public health officials, these new group size limits will be 30-percent lower than the levels they were at before the pandemic. For our licensed homes that tend to be smaller, most will be able to operate at standard capacity," said Governor Pritzker.

Another change to Phase 3 includes faith bases services, like church.

The Governor says outdoor and drive-up services are welcome in the next chase with social distancing and facial coverings.

The earliest any region can move to Phase 3 is Friday, May 29th.

Jenise Rebholz

Evening Anchor, Heart of Illinois ABC

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