The Governor JB Pritzker stated that all regions should move to Phase 3 on May 29th.
REGIONAL PROGRESS REPORT
Under the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan, in order to move from Phase 2 to Phase 3, each of the four medical regions must have a surge capacity of at least 14% for hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators. The positivity rating for the region must be under 20% for a 14-day period. Any number in red means that region has not met the capacity requirement for that category. These numbers are calculated on 14-day rolling periods with a 3-day delay.
As discussed above, all regions are situated to move to phase 3 on May 29th.
Readers can find the regional reports, and more, here.
RESTORE ILLINOIS PLAN
To prepare businesses and employers to implement the new safety guidelines and to bring many residents back to work, the State of Illinois has developed a Phase 3 business toolkit complete with signage, training checklists, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest and greatest public health recommendations.
- Retail Guidelines and Retail Toolkit (Grocery stores; hardware stores; clothing stores; pharmacies; department stores; shopping malls, etc)
- Service Counters Guidelines and Toolkit (Stores providing assorted services for dropped off goods, such as: dry cleaners; electronics repair shops; shoe repair shops; car washes)
- Personal Care Services Guidelines and Toolkit (Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, waxing centers, tattoo parlors)
- Restaurants and Bars Guidelines and Toolkit (Full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants, snacks bars, taverns, and other food and beverage businesses)
IRMA launched a campaign called Illinois Retail Cares. It is an effort to tell the story of the many efforts retailers have undertaken during the pandemic to meet the needs of the hungry, healthcare workers, first responders, etc. These are efforts above-and-beyond the herculean efforts retailers have undertaken to meet the demands of consumers. Each week new stories will be told. If you have a story to share, we would love to share it! Please email your story to us today.
ILLINOIS COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE
Dr. Ngozi Ezike, MD, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,178 new cases in Illinois, including 39 additional deaths. IDPH is reporting a total of 113,195 cases, to date, including 4,923 deaths, in 100 of Illinois’s 102 counties.
Over the last 24-hours, the state has conducted 25,113 tests for a total of 697,133 to-date. .
Additional information can be found here. COVID-19 stats by zip code can be found here .
FACE COVERINGS SUPPLIERS
In order to assist retailers in the procurement of facial coverings for employees, IRMA has created a place on it’s website. Retailers can review and contact the supplier of their choice on IRMA’s website.