The governor today announced a regional approach that divides the state into 11 sectors, with five phases used to measure how much restrictions can be loosened. The current order doesn't allow for schools, bars, restaurants or businesses deemed non-essential to open absent restrictions such as curbside service or delivery only. Phase Five, which eliminates all restrictions, won't be achieved until there is a vaccine or cure.
The loosened restrictions that could kick in by month's end or sooner come amid lawsuits and as officials in some downstate counties have said they will not enforce the governor's stay at home order and social distancing demands.
"I believe in the people of Illinois, now more than ever," Pritzker said at his daily press briefing. "Together, we will finish the work we are in."
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