Illinois child care can resume May 29th, with capacity restrictions

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that all Illinois child care providers can reopen when the state moves in to Phase 3 of his Restore Illinois plan on May 29th.

Under the new plan, child care facilities can open as long as they serve no more than 10 children per classroom. Once they have provided care safely for four weeks and have followed the new health, social distancing and sanitation routines and guidelines, they will be able to expand to larger group sizes, though not their full licensed capacity.

The Governor said the capacity limits were based on advice of public health experts.

“We can’t have a conversation about going back to work without talking about child care – anything else leaves a large portion of the workforce, especially women who too often bear a disproportionate burden, without any way to move forward while caring for their kids,” said Pritzker. “Illinois must take a cautious approach that appropriately balances the need to greatly expand child care with the need to lessen the risk of spreading the coronavirus.”

To date, Illinois has not seen significant transmission of COVID-19 in child care settings, which is encouraging evidence that child care can be provided safely. However, public health experts note that there is still much we need to learn about the virus, its impact on children, and how it spreads.

The Governor also said his administration will be releasing industry specific reopening safety guidelines in the next few days.

Addressing churches, Pritzker said his team has received proposals from man religious groups, and said that, in the upcoming Phase 3 of his reopening plan, outdoor services, including but not limited to drive-in services, are permitted.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,758 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and another 110 people have died.

Illinois has seen a total of 105,444 cases of coronavirus and 4,715 deaths so far.

The deaths announced Friday include:

Boone County: 1 male 40s
Cook County: 5 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 8 females 60s, 13 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 9 males 70s, 10 females 80s, 12 males 80s, 6 females 90s, 4 males 90s
DuPage County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
Kane County: 1 male 50s, 2 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 1 male 90s
Kankakee County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
Lake County: 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 female 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 100+
LaSalle County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
Madison County: 1 female 90s
McHenry County: 1 male 80s
Peoria County: 1 male 50s
St. Clair County: 1 unknown 90s
Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
Winnebago County: 1 female 90s

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 25,113 specimens for a total of 697,133. The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate, May 13-19, 2020 is 13%.

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