Pritzker: Region Might Reopen Before May 30 Under Cirmcumstances

May 1, 2020

Credit State of IL

If a region in Illinois can meet certain requirements, it may reopen before May 30.

Governor JB Pritzker made the announcement Friday during his daily COVID-19 press briefing.

Pritzker said the requirements a region would need to meet is fourteen straight days of a decrease in cases, low hospitalization rates, low ICU patients and the availabilty of ventilators. 

"Yes, if it's heading down the other side of the slide that even the national plan proposed, that is — if it's 14 days on a down-slide of those numbers then absolutely," said Pritzker.

Despite the announcement, Pritzker said he won't reopen the region or the entire state until its safe to do so. 

"I'm not gonna do it until we know people are safe, and it isn't gonna be because some protester has a sign that says, 'Liberate Illinois,'" said Gov. Pritzker.

Friday marked the first day of a modified stay at home order. ​​​​