CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will further ease coronavirus pandemic restrictions next week including increasing capacity limits at museums, events and gyms, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday.
As COVID-19 cases continue to fall, Pritzker said Illinois will open the final stage of restrictions on May 14 with the “bridge” phase. If things continue to improve, the state could see a full reopening as soon as June 11, state officials said.
Under the change capacity at museums, theaters, gyms, offices and stores will be increased to 60% from 50% currently.
“The light that we can see at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter as more people get vaccinated,” Pritzker told reporters at a news conference.
More than 9.7 million vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 1,778 new COVID-19 cases, which is the the lowest in several weeks. Overall, Illinois has reported more than 13 million cases and 22,136 deaths.