Covid-19 in Illinois: What phase are we in now? What is the bridge? What does it mean for anyone planning an event in 2021?
Usually, I provide fun posts about events but today I thought I would provide a brief update on where Illinois is at and headed regarding COVID-19 restrictions.
On March 18, 2021 the Governor abandoned the original language from his Restore Illinois Plan regarding the movement from Phase 4 to Phase 5, and announced anew “bridge” phase between phase 4 and phase 5.
According to the Governor's new plan, this newly-created bridge phase will kick in once the following benchmarks are met for 28 consecutive days:
· 70% of people 65 and older have received at least one vaccination dose (today at 58%);
· ICU bed availability remains at 20% or greater; and
· there is anon-increasing trend in COVID-19 hospital admissions and mortality rate.
After moving to the bridge phase, transitioning to Phase 5 still cannot occur until50% of those age 16-64 have received at least one vaccination dose (today at28%), and ICU availability, hospital admission and death rates are maintained or trend downward. Those age 16+ will be eligible for vaccines on April 12.
He is also leaving no room for geographical differences, as he announced the entire state will move from Phase 4 to the bridge phase and to Phase 5 together.
Click here to view a detailed chart for settings ,and how capacity limits would change between Phase 4 and the bridge phase.
Bottom line is, the bridge phase provides little relief from where we are today in Phase 4 regarding dining, conference sand social events. It will be a while before we get to phase 5 where there are no capacity limits. I have not seen any sign of changes regarding masks, even for those who have received the vaccine.
Wishing I had some happier news for all!
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