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Illinois is on track to fully reopen on Friday when the state moves into phase five of the Restore Illinois Plan. A news release from Governor J.B. Pritzker's office says that the state's COVID-19 test positivity rate has been low and that more than half of the state's population has been vaccinated against the virus.

New guidance will allow businesses to operate again at full capacity and large scale events can happen again. Illinois will also lift outdoor mask requirements for schools in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The state will continue to recommend mask wearing for people who haven't yet received the COVID-19 vaccine. Masks will continue to be required in health care facilities and public transportation.

The new guidance will also remove requirements for mandatory social distancing in seated venues and daily health screenings at businesses. Businesses are asked to still allow room for social distancing to the extent it's possible, especially indoors.