CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois is halfway to the governor’s benchmark to lift restrictions on the state’s economy.
As of Friday morning, nearly 25% of the state’s population are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or more than 3 million Illinoisans.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 reopening plan with continued restrictions would be fully relaxed when 50% of the population is fully vaccinated. Pritzker’s office doesn’t expect to bring back COVID-19 shutdowns.
The governor’s office told the Associated Press while there are concerns of increased COVID-19 cases, they note hospitals have open beds and there’s no need to repeat shutdowns.
The governor does still have 50% capacity limits for most businesses part of his COVID-19 reopening plan with no date certain on when all restrictions would be lifted.