天使, with a population between New York and Chicago
, has capacity restrictions for things such as shops
, 美发沙龙, gyms and indoor dining
The chance to fully reopen is exciting
, the owner of a coffee shop in Chicago’s South Loop told CNN affiliate WBBM
Chicago French Press reopened in September and stayed afloat in part because of a huge courtyard where customers safely could enjoy their morning brews outdoors
. But the removal of capacity restrictions is more than welcome
, owner Kris Christian told CNN affiliate WBBM
“It’s really for us about being ready, stocked, staffed to accommodate the influx of people,” Christian said. “We expect people to come out. The theaters (是) seeing heavier traffic. 所以, I’m excited just to be able to accommodate and be able to have that customer experience that we’ve always wanted without this limitation or hesitation.”
Illinois officials called their move the final phase of the state’s five-stage reopening plan
. The step eliminates all capacity limits on businesses
, large-scale events
, amusement parks and
“all other venues
,” the governor’s office said
The decision came after vaccinations soared and coronavirus cases dropped. 多于 68% of Illinois adults have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the governor’s office said.
伊利诺伊州’ seven-day average for new daily cases — 413 as of Thursday — is far below its peak for spring 2021 (3,388 在四月 13) and its pandemic summit (12,384 在十一月 16), 根据约翰霍普金斯大学.
“A strong economy requires that people not only feel safe, but truly be safe, as they go about their lives as workers, 邻居, consumers, 和朋友 — and thanks to the lifesaving power of vaccinations, that day is finally here for Illinois,” 政府. JB Pritzker said in a news release.
“You did it, 伊利诺伊州,” 他加了.
The state has said fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by federal rules
— such as those for airlines and public transportation
— and local rules
The state still requires masks in schools and day care facilities
. It also allows municipalities and businesses in most industries to enact their own coronavirus rules
, including face mask requirements
‘It’s going to be … more money’
The pandemic has meant shortened hours and decreased tips at Chicago Waffles in the city’s South Loop, waitress Erika Estrada told WBBM.
“We’re happy because we’re going to be, 喜欢, 100%,” she said of Friday’s reopening. “It’s going to be … more money. People can come and, 喜欢, enjoy our food; it’s really good, too.”
Wrigley Field will open Friday to a full-capacity crowd for the first time since September
2019, the team said
. The Cubs kick off a three-game homestand against their division rival St
. Louis Cardinals in a game dubbed
“Opening Day 2.0.
At southwest suburban Flossmoor Station restaurant and brewery, managers plan to wade back into full-capacity service carefully, with full seating on the patio but only 75% of seats filled indoors — until everyone is comfortable.
, but we’re cautiously excited
,” owner Carolyn Armstrong told CNN affiliate WLS
. “And I don’t want to just put a bunch of
, cram a bunch of tables together
. I want to kind of ease into it.