Government Regulations/Restore Illinois

Phase 5: "Illinois Restored"

Phase 5 of the "Restore Illinois" plan begins on Friday, June 11, 2021. Capacity limits for most businesses are removed in Phase 5.

From the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response website:

"What This Phase Looks Like: Testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the state. Either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period. All sectors of the economy reopen with new health and hygiene practices permanently in place. Large gatherings of all sizes can resume. Public health experts focus on lessons learned and building out the public health infrastructure needed to meet and overcome future challenges. Heath care equity is made a priority to improve health outcomes and ensure vulnerable communities receive the quality care they deserve."

Restore Illinois Phase 5

"A Bridge to Phase 5"

As more of residents receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Illinois will operate with a metrics-based pathway toward the fifth and final phase of the Restore Illinois reopening plan. Following recommendations from public health experts, Illinois is moving forward with a dial-like approach between the mitigation measures in Phase 4 and the post-pandemic new normal of Phase 5. 

In the "Bridge" phase, many settings have increased capacity to 60%. Outdoor festivals and markets are generally limited to 30 people per 1,000 square feet. View full Bridge Phase details on the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response web page.

Use the following links to view translated versions of the Bridge to Phase 5 guidelines: Spanish, Polish, Tagalog, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi.

State of Illinois Guidance on Face Coverings

(Current as of 6/10/2021)

The current guidance on face coverings that is in effect in the State of Illinois can be found in Governor Pritzker's Executive Order 2021-10:

"Any individual who is not fully vaccinated and who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance.  This requirement applies whether in an indoor space, such as a store, or in a public outdoor space where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not always possible. 

All individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, shall be required to wear a face covering consistent with CDC guidance, including (1) on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and train and bus stations; (2) in congregate facilities such as correctional facilities and homeless shelters; and (3) in healthcare settings.  Individuals in schools, day care settings, and educational institutions should continue to follow separate guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Public Health."

Niles Executive Directive: Face Coverings

As of May 20, 2021, Mayor George Alpogianis has lifted the Village of Niles' local mask-wearing mandate. This change comes in light of new mask guidance issued 5/13/2021 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 5/17/2021 by Illinois Governor Pritzker. Niles businesses and facilities will, however, remain under the guidance of County, State, and Federal mandates. According to the latest State rules, all Illinois residents – including those who are fully vaccinated – must continue to wear masks in hospitals and doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities and on public transportation. Businesses can still choose to require everyone to wear a mask, even those that are vaccinated. The Village urges the public to show patience and respect as the community adjusts to the changing mask protocol, and to honor any businesses’ mask requirements.


The series of stay-at-home orders, the phases of the "Restore Illinois," and the tiers of additional mitigation are complex and change frequently. The Village of Niles will share the most critical updates as they become available, but encourages the public to access official State resources for the most up-to-date details.

For complete information about Restore Illinois phases and the COVID-19 situation, please visit the State of Illinois Coronavirus web page at