Reopenings During Phase 4

Phase 4 Allows Indoor Seating at Restaurants, Other Activities
Posted on 06/24/2020
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With certain capacity restrictions in place, residents can once again enjoy dining indoors and other activities that have been off limits for months as Restore Illinois Phase 4 begins on Friday, June 26. The Phase 4 changes will affect many facets of public life. Please refer to this overview of what changes will occur during the state’s Phase 4.

We are pleased to convey that Arlington Alfresco will continue through Labor Day in the Downtown area of Vail Avenue and Campbell Street. With Phase 4, all restaurants can return to providing indoor dining starting June 26th, with limited capacity for parties of up to 10 people. Local restaurants may resume their regular hours of business for indoor seating. Arlington Alfresco, which includes outdoor dining zones, will remain open every day and close at 11 p.m.

The state provides these guidelines for indoor dining at restaurants:

  •  Seating areas will need to be 6 feet apart or impermeable barriers may be installed between booths which are less than 6 feet apart.

  •   Standing areas (in restaurants or bars) should be limited to no more than 25% of capacity.

  • Buffets and self-service food stations (e.g. hot and cold bars, bulk items, and baked goods) are to adhere to additional minimum guidelines.

  •  Self-service beverage fountains are permissible with the additional precautions.

In addition to indoor dining, Phase 4 also permits gatherings of 50 people or fewer and with restrictions on capacity limits, retail stores, theaters, cinemas, health clubs, personal care services, day camps, indoor and outdoor recreation, museums and youth and recreational sports is allowed. During the Phase 4 reopenings, workers and patrons must follow health and safety guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Health.

To continue success in keeping the COVID-19 from spreading, it is recommended that everyone follow guidelines, per health agencies, to wear face masks when it is not possible to maintain 6-feet of separation from people outside of your home, frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and clean surfaces and objects that are frequently touched.

For information on what activities are resuming in the Village, residents should visit the websites of local businesses and other governmental agencies for further information. Please check for more information from the Arlington Heights Park District, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights School District 25, Arlington Heights School District 214, Wheeling Township and Elk Grove Township.

The final step in the Restore Illinois plan is Phase 5, which would mean a full reopening of the economy, but it includes a big caveat: It would begin “with a vaccine or highly effective treatment widely available or the elimination of any new cases.” The final phase allows for conventions, festivals and large events to begin again.