Many stores have begun reopening and people are returning to work. According to Illinois Department of Public Health figures there has been a drop in the number of coronavirus tests returning positive. That number is less than the limit that is needed to move on to Phase 3 and hence it went ahead in Chicago and three other areas.
With Phase 3 people will also be able to attend group gatherings of up to 10 people and participate in sport/outdoor activities whereby social distancing rulings can be adhered to. Governor Pritzker said:
“In every aspect of our pandemic response, and especially as we begin to safely reopen meaningful swaths of our economy, our number one priority must be the health and safety of our workers, our customers, and Illinoisans at large.”
Additionally, it is hope that other non-essential businesses (like childcare center, outdoor eateries and hairdressers) will be permitted to re-open by mid-June.
The U.S. Navy’s top aerobatics team were in the sky flying over certain parts of the nation last Tuesday. Chicagoans were able to see the six F/A-18 Hornets at 11.45pm for 15 minutes. Thanks for the Blue Angels this was a wonderful way of saying thank you to healthcare workers in the region.
As well, Michelle Obama gave a message of thanks to local frontline workers. The transcript of her words was shared by the University of Chicago’s Medical Center and read:
“Hi, everybody. It’s Michelle Obama, and I just want to take a few minutes to let you all know how profoundly grateful Barack and I are for the heroic work that all of you are doing right now in Chicago. We know that you all are facing overwhelming challenges; you’re working around the clock, spending long hours away from your families, and making impossible decisions day after day. You’re soothing terrified patients, consoling heartbroken loved ones, summoning every ounce of the compassion and strength that you’ve got.”