Businesses owners and employees across the state are preparing to reopen this week under strict standards as Illinois inches closer to Phase Three of the reopening plan.
In Phase Three, which could potentially begin at month’s
end, many businesses, including hair salons, tattoo shops, manufacturing
facilities, office spaces and small retail shops, will be allowed to reopen
their doors for the first time since the pandemic began.
One such business is MAR Health & Performance, a fitness
facility in Downers Grove that’s been shutdown since late March.
“We are going to map out areas, people won’t share
equipment, we will change some things,” said owner Michael Ricchio. “We have an
exact path set up throughout the facility so members will come in their own
Youth sports will also start back up in phase three, so long
as athletes and coaches respect social distancing rules and involve fewer than
Employees at New Lenox’s Legacy Soccer said they’ve been
work on creative ways to get kids back to practice as soon and as safely as
possible, especially for those whose futures depend on it.
“I mainly run the high school boy’s team and there are still a handful looking to play in college,” said E.J. Kirn, the Assistant Director of coaching at Legacy Soccer. “They’ve missed out on a whole season of recruitment, so they are looking to get back to that.”
All businesses reopening in Phase Three will be required to
have employees wear facial coverings over their mouths and noses, according to
a press release. Social distancing of at least six feet will also be required,
unless “participating in activities permitted under Phase Three guidelines.”
Employers are encouraged to provide facilities for
hand-washing and hand sanitizer for employees and customers, and employees are
required to frequently wash their hands while on duty.
For a full list of specified safety protocols for a variety
of industries, including personal care services, manufacturing, and retail
shops, we have the full list on the
NBC Chicago app.