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Gov. Pritzker announces state will enter Bridge Phase on May 14, could fully reopen by June 11

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(HOI) — Gov. JB Pritzker is announcing Thursday the state will move into the Bridge Phase of the Restore Illinois plan on May 14 and could potentially enter Phase 5 on June 11 to fully reopen the state.

Pritzker made the anouncement at his COVID-19 briefing at the Thompson Center in Chicago.

It’s been over a year since Illinois went into a lockdown in an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pritzker cited the access to vaccines statewide and the slowing of hospitalizations due to the virus.

In the Bridge Phase, indoor dining can operate at 50% capacity compared to 25% under Phase 4. Offices, personal care, retail and amusement parks can allow up to 60% capacity.

Under Phase 5 of the state’s response plan, all sectors of the economy will reopen with businesses, schools and recreation resuming normal operations with new safety guidance and procedures.

Conventions, festivals and large events can take place.

When it comes to face masks, Prizker said the state will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control.

"We're going to watch and listen to them," said Pritzker.

This story will be updated.

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Drew Veskauf

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