FAQs

General Questions About COVID-19

Prevention & Preparation

Vaccine & Treatments

Economic Impact Payments & Tax Deadlines

Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Reopening Illinois & Chicago 

 


 

General Questions About COVID-19

Q: What is COVID-19?

A: COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is a new respiratory illness that can affect your lungs and airways, which is being spread from person to person by close contact and respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing. In some cases, COVID-19 can also impact other organs such as kidneys and the heart. The CDC considers the coronavirus to be a serious public health threat. It’s important for you to familiarize yourself of the disease and take steps to help prevent its spread. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Q: How does COVID-19 spread?

A: The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly between people—more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) --through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Q: What are the symptoms?

A: According to the CDC, people with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  fever, chills, fatigue, headache,  muscle or body aches,  sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have presented with mild illness.

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Q: What should I do if I have symptoms?

A: If you show signs of COVID-19 or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, stay home except to get medical care. Call ahead before visiting your doctor and notify your doctor’s office that you have or may have COVID-19 if you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed to help the office protect themselves and other patients. The CDC has additional information to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick and when/how to discontinue home isolation here.

Q: What does the CDC list as people who are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19?

A: The CDC has listed the following groups of individuals as those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19:

  • Older individuals, with risk of severe illness increasing with age
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
    • People with chronic lung diseases
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised (many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications).
    • People with obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
    • People with diabetes
    • People with sickle cell disease
    • People with chronic kidney disease

Additionally, the CDC indicated on June 25 that people with the following might have an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness:

  • Moderate to severe asthma
  • Cerebrovascular disease affecting blood vessels near the brain
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Neurologic conditions, including dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Thalassemia blood disorder
  • And people who smoke

The CDC has actions that high-risk individuals can take based on conditions and other risk factors. These are available here.

Q: What is the federal government doing?

A: The federal government is working with state and local officials to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the United States. This strategy involves working to prevent our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed by a high number of infected individuals at once. Congress has now also passed four legislative packages to provide additional resources to medical workers and health organizations fighting the coronavirus and implement economic relief for individuals, families, businesses and others negatively affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The federal government is also funding and overseeing efforts to develop medical therapies and vaccines to treat and prevent COVID-19. For additional information about how the federal government is responding to coronavirus, you can find additional information here.

Q: What can I do to keep informed about COVID-19?

A: The best way to protect yourself is to stay updated and informed by credible sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Illinois Department of Public Health. My website will also be frequently updated with the latest information and resources.
On March 27th, the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and Apple Inc. released an app and website that guides Americans through a series of questions about their health and exposure to determine if they should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms. It also provides CDC recommendations on next steps including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider. Users can access the tool here.

The CDC also posts weekly surveillance report called “COVIDView.” These reports, updated each Friday, summarize and interpret key indicators and laboratory data. Individuals can access COVIDView here.

Q: Can I get COVID-19 from my pets or other animals?

A: The CDC is aware of a small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. Based on the limited information available to date, the CDC states that the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low. It appears the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations.

The CDC recommends that individuals treat pets as you would other human family members. Don’t let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people. Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals. Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather. If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.

If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test) restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.

When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.

  • Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

If you’re sick with COVID-19 and your pet becomes sick, don’t take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself. Call your veterinarian and let them know you have been sick with COVID-19. Some veterinarians may offer telemedicine consultations or other plans for seeing sick pets. Your veterinarian can evaluate your pet and determine the next steps for your pet’s treatment and care.

Animals are only being tested in very rare circumstances. Routine testing of animals is not recommended at this time and any tests done on animals are done on a case-by-case basis.

During the Illinois Stay at Home order extension, pet supply stores and veterinary services will remain open. Animal grooming services were also allowed to reopen on May 1st. Individuals are allowed to walk their dogs and seek medical care for their pets, should they require it, and must be sure to practice social distancing while out on walks.

Individuals can find additional information on COVID-19 if you have pets from the CDC here.

Q: What is MIS-C and how can I protect my children?

A: MIS-C stands for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. It’s described as inflammation (swelling) across multiple body systems, potentially including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, and gastrointestinal organs. The CDC is working with state and local health departments to investigate reports of MIS-C associated with COVID-19 and gather more information as quickly as possible about how common it is and who is at risk.

Contact your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic right away if your child is showingsymptoms of MIS-C:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Neck pain
  • Rash
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Feeling extra tired

Be aware that not all children will have all the same symptoms. If your child has any of these symptoms, other symptoms of COVID-19, or other concerning signs contact your pediatrician.

Seek emergency care right away if your child is showing any emergency warning signs of MIS-C, or other concerning signs

  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Severe abdominal pain

Based on what the CDC knows now about MIS-C, the best way you can protect your child is by taking everyday actions to prevent your child and the entire household from getting the virus that causes COVID-19. You can find these actions here.

Additional information, including how doctors will care for your child, what the CDC doesn’t know about MIS-C, and what the CDC is doing to learn more here.

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Prevention & Preparation

Q: How do I protect my community?

A: The CDCrecommends staying home when possible, avoiding touching your face, covering your cough or sneezing, avoiding close contact with people who are sick (even if inside your home), cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, and washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You should also follow the State of Illinois’ guidance to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

On May 29th, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced that Illinois had officially entered Phase 3 of Restore Illinois and he would be signing a new executive order reflecting the changes of Phase 3. This transition brings an end to Illinois’ Stay at Home executive order. The new executive order is called the Community Recovery Order and reflects a new, more open reality with requirements for groups of ten or fewer and continuing other mitigation practices.

Under Phase 3, manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops, and salons can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions. Gatherings of 10 people or fewer are allowed, and face coverings and social distancing are the norm.

More information on the Illinois Community Recovery order can be found here.

Q:How should my family prepare for COVID-19?

A:The CDC recommends that you create a household plan of action. Plan forways to care for those who might be at greater risk, including making sure that they have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case they need to stay home for prolonged periods of time. 

Find out if your neighbourhood has a website or social media page to stay connected with your neighbours. Create a list of organizations that you can contact in the event you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources. You should also create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has provided information on Household Preparedness available here.

Q: Should I wear a mask?

A: On April 3rd, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued guidance that recommends all Americans wear cloth face coverings in public settings as a precautionary measure, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. On April 23rd, Governor Pritzker announced an executive order that includes a requirement for individuals to wear a face covering or mask when in a public place where individuals cannot maintain a 6-foot social distance. This applies to individuals over the age of 2 and able to medically tolerate a face mask. The order took effect on May 1st, 2020.

Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from common household items. Wearing cloth face coverings is a public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) social distancing, frequent hand cleaning, and other everyday preventive actions. A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer but may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms.

The CDC states that cloth face coverings should not be placed on babies, young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.  

Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for medical professionals and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Cloth face coverings should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

The CDC has provided instructions on how to make a cloth face covering from various materials. The Sew and No Sew Instructions and instructions on how to wear a cloth face covering are available here.

Q:What cleaning products are effective against COVID-19?

A:  You are encouraged to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, such as remote controls and doorknobs. Most common household cleaning and disinfection products will work. The CDC has additional information on cleaning your home here. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency keeps a list of products that meet their criteria for use against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 here.  

Q: Should I travel in the United States?

A:The CDC states that because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. The CDC also advises you to follow state and local travel restrictions. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state and local health department where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination. While you are traveling, it’s possible a state or local government may put into place travel restrictions, such as stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures. Plan to keep checking for updates as you travel.

Factors you should consider when deciding whether to travel and information on how to protect yourself and others  during  travel are available on the CDC website here.

Q: Should I cancel my international trip?

A: CDC recommends that travellers avoid all nonessential international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Some health care systems are overwhelmed and there may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas. Many countries are implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have cancelled many international flights and in-country travel may be unpredictable. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be disrupted, and you may have to remain outside the United States for an indefinite length of time. The CDC also recommends all travellers defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.

If you must travel outside of the United States, there are steps to take to help reduce your chances of getting sick that the federal government has put together that you can find here.

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Vaccine & Treatments

Q: Is there a treatment?

A: As of June 15, the FDA has not yet approved any drugs specifically for the treatment of COVID-19. The CDC indicates that current clinical management is focused on infection prevention and control measures and supportive care. If you have or think you have COVID-19, your symptoms are not severe, and you are not in a high-risk group—it is recommended to rest, drink plenty of fluids and eat nourishing food. Stay in touch with your doctor and take steps to help prevent the spread to others by avoiding public areas and using public transportation, ride sharing or taxis. You should set up a “sick” room at home to distance yourself from others and should try have as little contact with others as possible. The CDC has put out recommended precautions for non-healthcare settings that you should follow and can find here

If your symptoms get worse, seek prompt medical care, especially if you’re in a high-risk group (older adults, people with underlying medical conditions). Warning signs include difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to get up, or bluish lips or face, according to the CDC. The FDA has issued an active Emergency Use Authorization, allowing healthcare providers to administer remdesivir for patients with severe cases of COVID-19. The FDA rescinded a former Emergency Use Authorization for hydroxychloroquine after clinical studies indicated it may not be effective against COVID-19. Many ongoing clinical trials are evaluating additional potential therapies. If you are hospitalized with a severe case of COVID-19, you should speak with your doctor about possible options.

Q: Is there a vaccine?

Not yet. But in mid-March, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced it was beginning the first testing in humans of experimental vaccine candidates, some of which have progressed to large-scale clinical trials. But it’s not certain they’ll work yet. Despite the rapid progress, even if the vaccine is proved safe and effective against the virus, it will likely not be available until 2021.

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Economic Impact Payments & Tax Deadlines

Q: Coronavirus has been very disruptive to my family and to our household finances. Do I still have to file income taxes by April 15?

A: No. Both the federal and the state filing deadlines for individuals and families have been extended to July 15th, 2020.

Q: Will the IRS contact individuals to obtain bank account information, Social Security numbers, or other personally identifiable information in order to distribute stimulus payments? 

A: No. Beware of anyone claiming to be calling, texting, or emailing from the IRS seeking your personally identifiable information. This is a scam.

Most people won’t need to take any action to receive their economic impact stimulus payment. The IRS is automatically distributing economic impact stimulus payments to eligible individuals either electronically by direct deposit where possible or by mailing a check.

If you don’t file tax returns but receive certain government payments like Social Security, railroad retirement, or veterans' benefits, federal agencies will share your information with the IRS so you can receive your stimulus payment.

For the latest information on stimulus payments go to the Internal Revenue Service’s webpage on Coronavirus, available here. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has created a webpage on Coronavirus-related scams, including for fraudulent vaccines, test kits, charities, and social security benefits, which is accessible here. You can also contact the CFPB via telephone by calling (855) 411-2372.

Q: How can I check the status of my stimulus payment?

A: The IRS' Get My Payment tool provides information about payment status, available here. In the Get My Payment portal, you may also be able to submit direct deposit information to speed up your payment by receiving it electronically instead of by a paper check. Note that you cannot change direct deposit information already on file with the IRS or add direct deposit information once a payment has been issued.

Q: What if I owed IRS on my recent tax returns and never gave direct deposit information to the agency for refunds?

A: Use the IRS Get My Payment tool to provide the agency with your direct deposit information as soon as possible. Direct deposit information can’t be added once IRS begins to process a check for you.

Q: What if I’m not required to file a tax return? How will IRS get me my payment?

A: If no federal agency has direct deposit information on file for you and you did not and will not file tax returns for 2018 or 2019, use the IRS Non-Filer Portal to provide direct deposit information to the IRS as soon as possible. If you receive benefits like Social Security, VA, or Railroad Retirement, the federal agency providing your benefits should share your bank information with the IRS so you can get a quick direct deposit. Since agencies like the Social Security Administration might not know about kids living with you, consider using the IRS Non-Filer Tool to register your children to ensure you receive the additional $500 per child.

Q: I got a payment, but the amount was wrong / didn't correspond to the correct income category / did not include my children. What can I do?

A: Currently, there is no appeals process for correcting errors in payment calculations. If you are eligible for a larger payment than what you received, you will be able to claim the difference when you file your tax return for tax year 2020 in the spring of 2021.

The IRS has also released a list of scenarios and answers to if your Economic Impact Payment is different than anticipated. This is available on the IRS website here.

Q: What if I don’t have a bank account?

A: To help people without bank accounts obtain an Economic Impact Payment, the FDIC website has a special page with information. This includes information for people describing where to find a bank that can open an account online and how to choose the right account. Users can access this here.

Q: What if a company or individual claims they can increase your stimulus payment or shorten the amount of time until you receive it?

A: Beware of any companies or individuals seeking to charge you a fee in exchange for increasing or expediting your stimulus payments. The IRS will determine the amount of your payment based on your family size and income. The bill requires stimulus payments go out “as rapidly as possible,” including through direct deposit based on information the government has on file from previous tax returns. Paying a third party will not increase or speed up delivery of your stimulus payment. More information from the Internal Revenue Service on stimulus payments is available here.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has also released information on how consumers can protect their finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic that you can find here.

Q. What if a company or individual claims to be affiliated with IRS or other governmental agencies seeking to help individuals receive their stimulus payments?

A. Be aware of scams, including anyone claiming to be affiliated with the IRS or displaying a seal or logo representing the U.S. government in correspondence, emails, or on the internet. Refer to the official government agency website for information. For the latest information on stimulus payments go to the Internal Revenue Service’s webpage on Coronavirus, available here.

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Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Q: How can I report a Coronavirus scam?
A: The National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF), an agency within the Department of Justice's Criminal Division, has a dedicated hotline which will take your information and direct it to law enforcement. They can be reached at 1-866-720-5721 or by email at disaster@leo.gov.

Q: Is the government currently calling Medicare beneficiaries to offer them COVID-19 test kits?

A: No, scammers are offering fake COVID-19 test kits to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information.

Q: Are Coronavirus cures currently available for sale?

A: No, scammers are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams, including selling fake cures online. The FDA says there are no approved vaccines, drugs or investigational products currently available to treat or prevent the virus.

Q: Will any government agency call to ask for my personal information to send my stimulus check?

A:No, government agencies will never call to ask for your personal information or bank account details.

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Reopening Illinois & Chicago

Q: What is the plan to reopen the State of Illinois?

A: On May 5th, Governor Pritzker announced the Restore Illinois plan. This is a five-phased plan to reopen Illinois. It is guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. This is an initial framework that will be likely updated as research and science develop and as the potential for treatments or vaccines is realized. For the purposes of this plan, four health regions are established from IDPH’s 11 Emergency Medical Services Regions, each with the ability to independently move through a phased approach. The full plan can be found on the State of Illinois’ Coronavirus Response website here.

Q: What phase is Illinois in currently?

A: Illinois is in Phase 3, Recovery. Governor Pritzker signed the Executive Order ending the Stay at Home order and beginning the Community Recovery Order.

However, Mayor Lightfoot announced that effective Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m., the City of Chicago will reinstate certain restrictions, including:

  • Bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption without a Retail Food license will no longer be able to serve customers indoors.
    • Restaurants that serve alcohol will be allowed to continue to operate as long as they abide by ongoing COVID-19 guidance and existing regulations.
    • Establishments without food may still provide outdoor service as they did under phase three.
    • Maximum party size and table occupancy at restaurants, bars, taverns and breweries will be reduced to six people.
  • Indoor fitness class size will be reduced to a maximum of 10 people.
  • Personal services requiring the removal of face coverings will no longer be permitted (shaves, facials, etc.).
  • Residential property managers will be asked to limit guest entry to five per unit to avoid indoor gatherings and parties.”

Q: What are the 4 regions in the plan and what region is my county in?

A: The Restore Illinois Health Regions include: Northeast, North-Central, Central, and Southern. All three counties in Illinois’ Third Congressional District—Cook, Will, and DuPage—are in the Northeast region.

Q: What does Phase 3 mean for me?

A: 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.

Q: What’s open in Phase 3 in Illinois (excluding Chicago – see above)?

A:  Gatherings of 10 people or fewer are allowed with this limit subject to change. Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance. All health care providers are open with DPH approved guidance. Remote learning in P-12 schools and higher education, limited childcare and summer programs open with IDPH approved safety guidance. State parks are open with activities permitted in groups of 10 or fewer with social distancing.

Non-essential manufacturing that can safely operate with social distancing can reopen with IDPH approved state guidance. Non-essential businesses can return to work with IDPH approved safety guidance depending upon risk level, tele-work strongly encouraged where possible, employers are encouraged to provide accommodations for COVID-19 vulnerable employees.

Bars and restaurants are open for delivery, pick-up and drive-thru only and outdoor, on-premises consumption of food and beverages in accordance with DCEO guidance and when permitted by local ordinances and regulations.

Barbershops and salons are 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 can open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance, including face coverings.

Specific details can be found in the Executive Order online here.

Q: What’s closed in Phase 3?

A: Places of public amusement, including, but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, bowling alleys, movie and other theaters, and concert and music halls.

Q: How do we move to Phase 4?

A: 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

The determination also includes that testing is available in region regardless of symptoms or risk factors and beginning contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in the region.

Q: Could we move back to Phase 2?

A: Yes. IDPH will closely monitor data and receive on-the-ground feedback from local health departments and regional healthcare councils and will recommend moving back to the previous phase based on the following factors:

  • Sustained rise in positivity rate
  • Sustained increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness
  • Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities
  • Significant outbreak in the region that threatens the health of the region

Q: Is there a reopening plan for Chicago?

A: Yes. On May 8th, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the framework, Protecting Chicago, that will be used to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. The framework also has five phases and Chicago is in Phase Two (Stay-at-Home). Mayor Lightfoot announced that Chicago will begin reopening cautiously on June 3rd and move to Phase 3, Cautiously Reopen. The full plan can be found here.

Q: What does Phase 3 look like for Chicago?

A: In Phase 3, the City of Chicago instructs strict physical distancing with some businesses reopening. The goal is to thoughtfully begin to reopen Chicago safely. Non-essential workers begin to return to work in a phased way. Select businesses, non=profits, city entities are open with demonstrated, appropriate protections for workers and customers.

When meeting others, physically distance and wear a face covering. Non business, social gatherings are limited to less than 10 persons. Phased, limited public amenities begin to open. Stay at home if you feel ill or if you have come into contact with someone with COVID-19. Continue to physically distance from vulnerable populations and get tested if you have symptoms.

Q: Where can I find more information on both of these frameworks?

A: For Restore Illinois, you can find the full approach online here. The City of Chicago Protecting Chicago framework press

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