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Governor J.B. Pritzker speaks in Waterman. ( photo by Ethan Kruger).

Governor J.B. Pritzker on Thursday announced that Illinois will fully reopen as planned on Friday. That means that all capacity restrictions in place for businesses, and for events, will be lifted.

A news release from the governor's office says that Illinois will continue to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for mask wearing. Masks are still required for everyone in health care facilities, on public transportation, and at schools.

The governor's office says Illinois has recently had the lowest number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 than it has since the start of the pandemic. More than 68-percent of adults in Illinois have received at leas one vaccine dose. 51-percent of adults are fully vaccinated.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced only 366 new COVID-19 cases Thursday with test positivity at 1.3-percent.