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    Restore Illinois: 5 Phase Plan
     
    Phase 1: Rapid Spread

    What Phase 1 looks like:
    COVID-19 is rapidly spreading. The number of COVID-19 positive patients in the hospital, in ICU beds, and on ventilators is increasing. The public health response relies on dramatic mitigation measures, like stay at home orders and social distancing, to slow the spread of the virus and prevent a surge that overwhelms the health care system. With a Stay at Home order in place, only essential businesses are in operation and activities outside of the home are limited to essentials, like grocery shopping.

    What's open:
    Gatherings: Essential gatherings, such as religious services, of 10 or fewer allowed; No non-essential gatherings of any size
    Travel: Non-essential travel discouraged
    Health care: Emergency procedures and COVID-19 care only
    Education and child care: Remote learning in P-12 schools and higher education; Child care in groups of 10 or fewer for essential workers
    Outdoor recreation: Walking, hiking and biking permitted; State parks closed 
    Businesses:
    • Manufacturing: Essential manufacturing only
    • “Non-essential” businesses: Employees of “non-essential” businesses are required to work from home except

      for Minimum Basic Operations

    • Bars and restaurants: Open for delivery, pickup and drive-through only

    • Entertainment: Closed

    • Personal care services and health clubs: Closed

    • Retail: Essential stores are open with strict restrictions; Non-essential stores are closed

    How to move to Phase 2:

    1. Cases and Capacity:

      • Slowing of new case growth

      • Availability of surge capacity in adult medical and surgical beds, ICU beds, and ventilators

        Testing:

      • Ability to perform 10,000 tests per day statewide

      • Testing available in region for any symptomatic health care workers and first responders
         



    Phase 2: Flattening
     

    What Phase 2 looks like:
    The rise in the rate of infection is beginning to slow and stabilize. Hospitalizations and ICU bed usage continue to increase but are flattening, and hospital capacity remains stable. Face coverings must always be worn when social distancing is not possible. Testing capacity increases and tracing programs are put in place to contain outbreaks and limit the spread.
     
    What's open:
    Gatherings: Essential gatherings, such as religious services, of 10 or fewer allowed; No non-essential gatherings
    Travel: Non-essential travel discouraged
    Health care: Emergency and COVID-19 care continue; Elective procedures allowed once IDPH criteria met
    Education and child care: Remote learning in P-12 schools and higher education; Child care in groups of 10 or fewer for essential workers
    Outdoor recreation: Walking, hiking, and biking permitted; Select state parks open; Boating and fishing permitted; Golf courses open; All with IDPH approved safety guidance
    Businesses:
    • Manufacturing: Essential manufacturing only

    • “Non-essential” businesses: Employees of “non-essential” businesses are required to work from home except

      for Minimum Basic Operations

    • Bars and restaurants: Open for delivery, pickup, and drive through only

    • Personal care services and health clubs: Closed

    • Retail: Essential stores are open with restrictions; Non-essential stores open for delivery and curbside pickup

    How to move to Phase 3:

    1. Cases and Capacity: The determination of moving from Phase 2 to Phase 3 will be driven by the COVID-19 positivity rate in each region and measures of maintaining regional hospital surge capacity. This data will be tracked from the time a region enters Phase 2, onwards.

      • At or under a 20 percent positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period, AND

      • No overall increase (i.e. stability or decrease) in hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness for 28 days, AND

      • Available surge capacity of at least 14 percent of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds, and ventilators

        Testing: Testing available for all patients, health care workers, first responders, people with underlying conditions, and residents and staff in congregate living facilities

        Tracing: Begin contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis
         



    Phase 3: Recovery


    What Phase 3 looks like:
    The rate of infection among those surveillance tested is stable or declining. COVID-19-related hospitalizations and ICU capacity remains stable or is decreasing. Face coverings in public continue to be required. Gatherings of 10 people or fewer for any reason can resume. Select industries can begin returning to workplaces with social distancing and sanitization practices in place. Retail establishments reopen with limited capacity, and select categories of personal care establishments can also begin to reopen with social distancing guidelines and personal protective equipment. Robust testing is available along with contact tracing to limit spread and closely monitor the trend of new cases.

    What's open:
    Gatherings: All gatherings of 10 people or fewer are allowed with this limit subject to change based on latest data & guidance
    Travel: Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance
    Health Care: All health care providers are open with DPH approved safety guidance
    Education and child care: Remote learning in P-12 schools and higher education; Limited child care and summer programs open with IDPH approved safety guidance
    Outdoor recreation: State parks open; Activities permitted in groups of 10 or fewer with social distancing 
    Businesses:

    • Manufacturing: Non-essential manufacturing that can safely operate with social distancing can reopen with IDPH approved safety guidance

    • “Non-essential” businesses: Employees of “non-essential” businesses are allowed to return to work with IDPH approved safety guidance depending upon risk level, tele-work strongly encouraged wherever possible; Employers are encouraged to provide accommodations for COVID-19-vulnerable employees

    • Bars and restaurants: Open for delivery, pickup, and drive through only

    • Personal care services and health clubs: Barbershops and salons open with IDPH approved safety guidance; Health

      and fitness clubs can provide outdoor classes and one-on-one personal training with IDPH approved safety guidance

    • Retail: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance, including face coverings

    How to move to Phase 4:
    1. Cases and Capacity: The determination of moving from Phase 3 to Phase 4 will be driven by the COVID-19 positivity rate in each region and measures of maintaining regional hospital surge capacity. This data will be tracked from the time a region enters Phase 3, onwards.

      • At or under a 20 percent positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period, AND

      • No overall increase (i.e. stability or decrease) in hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness for 28 days, AND

      • Available surge capacity of at least 14 percent of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds, and ventilators

        Testing: Testing available in region regardless of symptoms or risk factors
        Tracing: Begin contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in region
         



    Phase 4: Revitalization


    What Phase 4 looks like:

    There is a continued decline in the rate of infection in new COVID-19 cases. Hospitals have capacity and can quickly adapt for a surge of new cases in their communities. Additional measures can be carefully lifted allowing for schools and child care programs to reopen with social distancing policies in place. Restaurants can open with limited capacity and following strict public health procedures, including personal protective equipment for employees. Gatherings with 50 people or fewer will be permitted. Testing is widely available, and tracing is commonplace.

    What's open:
    Gatherings: Gatherings of 50 people or fewer are allowed with this limit subject to change based on latest data and guidance
    Travel: Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance 
    Health care: All health care providers are open
    Education and child care: P-12 schools, higher education, all summer programs, and child care open with IDPH approved safety guidance
    Outdoor Recreation: All outdoor recreation allowed
    Businesses:

    • Manufacturing: All manufacturing open with IDPH approved safety guidance

    • “Non-essential” businesses: All employees return to work with IDPH approved safety guidance; Employers

      are encouraged to provide accommodations for COVID-19-vulnerable employees

    • Bars and restaurants: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance

    • Personal care services and health clubs: All barbershops, salons, spas and health and fitness clubs open

      with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance

    • Entertainment: Cinema and theaters open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance

    • Retail: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance

    How to move to Phase 5:

    1. Post-pandemic: Vaccine, effective and widely available treatment, or the elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors.
       



    Phase 5: Restored


    What Phase 5 looks like:
    Testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the state. Either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period. All sectors of the economy reopen with new health and hygiene practices permanently in place. Large gatherings of all sizes can resume. Public health experts focus on lessons learned and building out the public health infrastructure needed to meet and overcome future challenges. Heath care equity is made a priority to improve health outcomes and ensure vulnerable communities receive the quality care they deserve.

    What's open:

    • All sectors of the economy reopen with businesses, schools, and recreation resuming normal operations with new safety guidance and procedures.

    • Conventions, festivals, and large events can take place.

     

    Federal Government

    Center for Disease Control

     
  • U.S. Small Business Administration U.S. Small Business Administration

    Small Business Administration
    Disaster Assistance in response to COVID-19

  • Illinois Department of Employment Services Illinois Department of Employment Services

    Illinois Department of Employment Services
    If you don't have access to paid sick leave or are without work because of COVID-19, apply for unemployment insurance

  • Business Operation Business Operation

    What you can do as a business (or atleast have a plan)

    • Utilize social media, your business website, and business listings, such as Google and Yelp, to update the following:
      1. Hours of operation
      2. Post special offers and inventory updates
      3. Change in services offered (even if temporary)
       
    • Communicate with employees and venders
       
    • Work remote
      1. Be prepared to work from home unexpectedly (take your laptop home at the end of each workday, have remote access to important information, etc.)
      2. Collaborate using shared documents, conference calls, webinars, email lists, and chat rooms

       

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