Coronavirus (COVID-19) Newsletter — June 22, 2020

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Lake County Health Department Coronavirus (COVID-19) Newsletter

June 22, 2020

As part of the Northeast region, Lake County will enter Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan this Friday, June 26. This means:

  • More businesses will be able to open following state safety guidelines;
  • Gatherings of 50 people or fewer will be permitted while social distancing and wearing face coverings;
  • Restaurants and bars will be able to reopen with capacity limits and safety measures;
  • Travel can resume; and
  • Childcare and schools can reopen under guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Learn more about the Phase 4 guidelines released this morning:

Restore Illinois | Phase 4: Revitalization

The State of Illinois has developed toolkits to prepare businesses and employers to help businesses implement new and updated safety guidelines. Toolkits with the latest public health recommendations include business guidelines, checklists, posters, signage, and social media graphics.

Phase 4 guidelines include new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. This includes guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and all types of activity, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines. See an overview of the Phase 4 changes here.


For industry-specific guidelines and toolkits, see below:

New in Phase 4

  • Meetings and Social Events: Hotel meeting rooms and ballrooms, as well as other indoor and outdoor event venues. Excludes arenas, stadiums, and other mass gathering venues.

  • Indoor and Outdoor Recreation: Customer-facing establishments primarily engaged in providing indoor and outdoor recreational and amusement services.
  • Indoor and Outdoor Dining: Indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and bars with tables spaced 6-feet apart and other special rules.
  • Museums: Establishments primarily engaged in the preservation and exhibition of objects of historical, cultural, and/or educational value.
  • Zoos: Establishments primarily engaged in the preservation and exhibition of live plant and animal life displays.
  • Theaters and Performing Arts: Seated theaters, cinemas, and performing arts centers primarily engaged in showing live or pre-recorded performances.

  • Youth and Recreational Sports: Youth sports games or matches, group sports lessons, recreational team or group sports practices.
  • Film Production: Stage and location operations that support the production of film and television.

Updated In Phase 4

  • Manufacturing: Manufacturing facilities such as plants, factories and mills.
  • Offices: Non-customer-facing offices such as: legal; accounting services; architectural/engineering design; and other professional services.
  • Retail: Retailers and merchandisers such as: grocery stores; hardware stores; clothing stores; pharmacies; department stores; shopping malls.
  • Service Counters: Stores providing assorted services for dropped off goods, such as: dry cleaners; electronics repair shops; shoe repair shops; car washes.
  • Health and Fitness Centers: Gyms, fitness centers, yoga, dance, cycling, pilates, barre studios, and other customer-facing fitness centers.
  • Personal Care Services: Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, waxing centers, tattoo parlors.
  • Day CampsRecreational youth programs such as sports camps, recreational camps, educational camps.

Additional State of Illinois Guidelines:


How will Phase 4 affect me?

For more information about Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, visit the State of Illinois' website and the Illinois Department of Public Health's Restore Illinois FAQs.

If you have other specific questions or comments about Phase 4, please contact the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's Business Hotline, available Monday through Friday:

Walk-Up Testing Available

Walk-Ups Available at Waukegan Community-Based Testing Site

The Waukegan Community-Based Testing Site at 102 W. Water Street is now accepting walk-ups. Walkers should enter off of Genesee Street and follow the line marked by orange cones. The Illinois National Guard will guide walkers.

Community-based testing sites are available to anyone, regardless of symptoms or other criteria. No appointment, doctor referral, or insurance is needed. Testing is free.

Visit for more information.

Reminder: Lake County Virtual Town Hall

Lake County Virtual Town Hall - June 23, 2020

Lake County is holding its second live COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, we will discuss the current COVID-19 situation.  

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 

Time:  7 p.m.  

Chair Hart and the following panelists will provide updates and answer questions from the community.  

  • Paul Frank, Chair, Lake County Financial and Administrative Special Committee on COVID-19 Recovery 
  • Mark Pfister, Executive Director, Lake County Health Department 
  • Donny Schmit, President, Lake County Municipal League 
  • Dr. Scott Warren, Superintendent, Lincolnshire–Prairie View School District 103  
  • Demetrius Willis, Co-Chair, African American Community Partnership Group, Lake County Health Department 
  • Other Lake County staff and partners  

This meeting will be hosted through Zoom. Attendees can attend the meeting on their computer, tablet, or phone. Info on how to access the meeting is sent to the email address provided upon registration.  

If you would like to take part in this event, pleaseregister. Lake County will publish a recording of the town hall for those who are unable to attend.  

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