Guv Issues Guidelines for Businesses, Workplaces to Reopen

May 26, 2020

As part of his “Restore Illinois” plan to reopen the state, Governor J.B. Pritzker on Sunday released industry-specific guidelines that allow for the safe reopening of businesses. All four regions of the state are on track to move to Phase 3 of the plan later this week, allowing the reopening of businesses in the following industries: retail, offices, manufacturing, barbershops and salons, summer programs, various outdoor recreation activities, and bars and restaurants for outdoor dining.

Guidelines and toolkits for businesses are on the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website.

"In every aspect of our pandemic response, and especially as we begin to safely reopen meaningful swaths of our economy, our number one priority must be the health and safety of our workers, our customers, and Illinoisans at large," said Governor Pritzker. "The industry-specific baseline guidance for businesses the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will help employers re-open their doors in Phase 3 in line with that priority. In order to cover as many unique aspects of industry as possible, my administration collected input from hundreds of industry participants across the state and these guidelines reflect the questions and ideas brought to us by businesses of every size, background, and region in the state - and prioritize public health as our guiding light. You can't build a strong economy if people aren't comfortable being a part of it."

In addition to industry-specific guidelines, DCEO and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) developed a common set of standards all businesses must follow. Those standards include the required use of face coverings, social distancing, and informational signage on site, among other preventative measures.