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Posted on: May 11, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Illinois Set to Enter Bridge Phase of State Reopening Plan

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The State of Illinois is set to begin its next phase of reduced Covid-19 restrictions on Friday, May 14, 2021. Called the “Bridge Phase” of the Restore Illinois Plan, the State released its guidelines for many types of industries and activities that will go into effect on Friday. Then, barring any significant reversals in the state’s key Covid-19 statewide indicators, the entire state is expected to fully reopen under Phase 5 of its Covid-19 reopening plan on June 11. 

During the Bridge Phase, common public health standards remain in effect – including the use of face coverings and social distancing. However, the Bridge Phase allows for increased capacity limits for business segments and expanded gathering sizes. 

The following updated guidelines set by the State of Illinois will be in place:


  • Indoor dining and drinking for parties of up to 10 people
  • Standing areas: Capacity limit of no more than 30% indoors, and 50% outdoors

Health & Fitness

  • Capacity limit of no more than 60% occupancy
  • Group fitness classes of 50 or fewer indoors, or 100 or fewer outdoors

Offices, Personal Care, Retail & Service Counter, Amusement Parks, Museums, Theater & Performing Arts, Zoos, Spectator Events

  • Capacity limit of no more than 60% occupancy

Festivals & General Admission Outdoor Spector Events

  • Limit occupancy to 30 people per every 1,000 sq. ft.

Flea & Farmer Markets

  • Indoor markets: Limit occupancy to 15 people per every 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Outdoor markets: Limit occupancy to 30 people per every 1,000 sq. ft.

Meetings, Conferences, & Conventions

  • Limit to the lesser of 1,000 people or 60% of room capacity


  • Indoor: Limit to the lesser of 100 people or 50% of room capacity
  • Outdoor: Limit occupancy to 100 people; multiple groups permissible

Social Events

  • Indoor: Limit occupancy to 250 people
  • Outdoor: Limit occupancy to 500 people

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