The state of Illinois and Chicago have entered Phase 5 and are fully reopen, with nearly all COVID restrictions lifted.
DIANE PATHIEU: They sure are, Tanya. It's good to see you this morning. We finally made it. It took a long time to get here, but the state is officially fully reopening, which means crowds of all sizes will be allowed in restaurants.
And it is great news for still-struggling businesses. The venues can return to full capacity without social distancing. Now, we still, of course, are battling COVID-19, but the latest case numbers are low enough to reopen the state safely.
There are still some places that will ease into the loosened restrictions, like, for example the north side Music Box Theater. They plan to make changes over the next few weeks.
RYAN OESTREICH: Though a lot of them bought the ticket and are expecting social distancing, reduced capacities, and mask enforcement. And so we feel it would not be appropriate to pull the rug out from under them.
DIANE PATHIEU: And they're not the only ones. Keep in mind, everyone is still required to wear a mask on public transportation, in health care settings, schools, and more. And they may be mandatory in other locations, too.
So definitely keep your mask at hand. Businesses can make their own decision, based on wearing masks if you're vaccinated or not. But here to make [INAUDIBLE] are ready for full capacity at the restaurant, they have partitions up, sanitation stations around the restaurant, as well. They are ready to welcome back fully a full crowd this morning.