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Phase 5

Illinois entered Phase 5 of Restore Illinois on Friday, June 11.

August 9, 2021: Data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that Lake County is now experiencing high community transmission of COVID-19. "Substantial" transmission is defined as more than 100 cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period. 

In alignment with CDC and LCHD guidance, masks are required in City-operated buildings regardless of vaccination status. City buildings, such as City Hall, Police, and the Public Services building, remain open for public foot traffic Tuesday-Friday. In the interest of health and safety, public meetings are now being held virtually via Zoom. Individuals attending virtually are able to participate fully in meetings. City Hall remains open during public meetings for individuals who prefer to view the virtual meeting from that location. All persons attending public meetings in person must wear a mask.

Businesses are urged to align their practices with LCHD and CDC guidance and to encourage employees and customers to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Phase 5 FAQ;
What does this mean for business owners?
  • All sectors of the economy may reopen without capacity restrictions.
  • Large gatherings and events may resume.
  • Business owners may implement health and safety precautions such as requiring all patrons to wear face masks at their own discretion.
  • Businesses and venues should support social distancing, especially indoors, at concessions or counters, public restrooms, and lines/queuing.
What does this mean for fully vaccinated residents?
  • Face coverings for fully vaccinated people are not required in most instances; see below.
  • Anyone may choose to wear a face mask if they wish.
  • If attending an event where everyone present is fully vaccinated, face coverings and social distancing are not required.
What does this mean for unvaccinated residents?
  • Unvaccinated people should wear face masks in crowded settings, both indoors and outdoors, especially when children are present.
  • Unvaccinated people should wear face masks and maintain a social distance from others in indoor settings where everyone present is not fully vaccinated.
  • In outdoor settings, unvaccinated people may choose not to wear a face covering when able to maintain a six-foot distance from others.
When are face coverings required, even for fully vaccinated people?
In accordance with CDC guidance, face coverings should be worn by everyone when:
  • Using public transportation
  • In congregate facilities
  • In health care settings
  • Wherever face coverings are required by federal/state/local or other rules and regulations. Business owners may require employees and visitors to wear face coverings in their stores.
Are face coverings still required in schools?
In alignment with CDC guidelines, students are no longer required to wear face masks outdoors. People in schools, daycares, and other educational institutions should still follow guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and Illinois Department of Public Health for all other scenarios.
How can we continue to make progress and keep case counts low?
  • All Illinoisans age 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine! Appointments are available. 
  • Some people are not able to be vaccinated yet. Help protect immunocompromised individuals and children by getting vaccinated and wearing a face covering and continuing to distance where it is recommended to do so.