‘It Is a Great Day’: As COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Plunge, Illinois, Chicago to Reopen | Chicago News

Video: Dr. Allison Arwady joins Chicago Tonight on June 10, 2021 to discuss details and guidelines ahead of an exuberant reopening by the city and state on Friday. (Produced by Paul Caine)

Exactly 447 days after Governor JB Pritzker ordered Illinois residents to stay home to stop the spread of a deadly virus, the state – including Chicago and the suburb of Cook County – will reopen fully on Friday if the COVID-19 Pandemic subsides.

All businesses are allowed to operate at full capacity and gatherings of any size are allowed. according to the new rules. In public transport, in schools and hospitals, and for those who have not yet been fully vaccinated, a mask is still required in all public institutions.

“We’re very excited to be at a point where COVID isn’t over yet, but boy is it time to push the reopening and enjoy this amazing city this summer,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner for the Chicago Department of Public Health, said WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. “Everything is going in the right direction. It’s a great day. “

Wrigley Field will welcome 41,072 fans to watch the Chicago Cubs battle their division rival the St. Louis Cardinals – the first time in more than a year that a professional sports team has played in front of a full audience.

For the past week, an average of 79 Chicago people were diagnosed with coronavirus daily, a 41% decrease from the previous week, according to data from the Chicago Department of Health. The city’s test positive rate has dropped from 1.9% to 1.4% in the past seven days, according to the city.

Hospital admissions for COVID-19 have declined 44% over the past week, according to the city.

Corporations and municipalities can continue to require facial coverage and social distancing, according to the guidelines. Chicago is likely to lift its mask requirements and capacity limits on city facilities on July 6, Arwady told city councils during a Thursday afternoon hearing before the city council’s health and human relations committee.

More than 68% of Illinois adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the state has hit an all-time low of new confirmed cases of the virus as well as hospital admissions, officials said. In addition, more than 88% of those over 65 have received at least one dose of vaccine.

“I invite all Illinois people to feel the hope and joy of this moment while acknowledging that this pandemic is still very much present to the world – not to mention those here at home who have not been or cannot be vaccinated “Said Pritzker in a statement. “If we take this next step, we will do so with a renewed commitment to empathy, community and ensuring that every day counts together. You did it, Illinois. “

Mayor Lori Lightfoot marked the milestone by posting a plan to encourage Chicago residents and tourists to return to downtown and the Loop. At the heart of the effort is a proposal to close Michigan Avenue, LaSalle Street, and State Street for special events of performances, dining, and shopping.

The plan is to close the southern end of LaSalle Street – in front of the Chicago Board of Trade Building, which is surrounded by office towers – to traffic for guests.

State Street, from Lake to Madison Street, will be closed to car traffic for up to 12 Sundays from July 11, according to the plans of the Chicago Loop Alliance In April.

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