Chicago to Move into Full Reopening on June 11
Chicago will move into the fifth and final phase of Illinois’ phased reopening program on Friday, June 11 in line with the rest of the state, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday. The city will lift all remaining coronavirus mitigation restrictions under Phase 5.
“Today we’re at 2.0% positivity – the lowest positivity rate we’ve had since March 2020,” Lightfoot tweeted prior to announcing the move into Phase 5. “We know the vaccine is safe and works. Getting everyone vaccinated is key to our safe reopening strategy. This is a big deal.”
During a streamed Q&A session Thursday, Lightfoot and Public Health Commissioner Alison Arwady cautioned that COVID-19 hasn’t disappeared completely. However, the current average daily figures for new cases and hospitalizations are down 44% and 57%, respectively, from a week ago. Fifty-two percent of Chicagoans age 18 and up have been fully vaccinated.