All of Illinois, including Whiteside County, is set to enter the Bridge to Phase 5 on May 14th now that 70% of residents 65+ are vaccinated and hospitalizations and deaths have remained stable. The Bridge Phase is the Phase in the Restore Illinois Plan where the State begins lifting mitigations
and increasing outdoor and indoor capacity limits and increased business operations.
During this Bridge, public health experts will continue to monitor the situation and Statewide vaccination to assess for a safe move to Phase 5 where all capacity limits will be removed and we move to our new normal. To enter Phase 5, at least 50% of residents 16+ must be vaccinated and COVID-19 metrics must be stable or declining during a 28 day monitoring period. During this period local jurisdictions may impose additional restrictions if metrics begin moving in the wrong direction.
The earliest Illinois can enter Phase 5, if metrics remain stable, will be June 11th. For information on how this Bridge Phase will change things for individual business types, please see the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities Bridge Phase document: