Illinois businesses reopen in phase 3 of Restore Illinois Plan

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PARIS, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV)– Illinois restaurants, salons, gyms, and other non-essential businesses were allowed to reopen on May 29 in line with Illinois Governor J.B. Pritker’s Restore Illinois plan.

Several business owners in Paris, IL, said they’re taking every precaution to ensure that everyone is safe.

Lynn Holloway owns Main Street Cafe and she said business was slow on their first day back open.

“Some people are going to be a little bit leery with the situation and with the coronavirus but we think it’ll pick up we’ve had some positive response. I’m hoping it goes back to the way it was before but it could be as everyone is predicting a new normal,” she said.

According to Pritzker’s plan, restaurants are only allowed to offer outdoor seating and carry-out service.

“I think we did a lot of planning. We decided to put plastic on the picnic tables since they’re wood that way we could disinfect them in between each customer when they leave. We also have supplies that the server is going to need. So I think we anticipated just about everything,” Holloway said.

Leslie Mills, owner of Soleil Body Salon, said both her customers and employees must practice social distance and good hygiene.

“So they’ll first sanitize their hands when they get here and we are not letting anyone wait in the waiting room we’ll have their beds ready for them,” Mills explained. “Normally they would sign in when they get here, we’re signing everybody in and sending them straight to their rooms. We’ve taken everything out the rooms so that there’s less cross contamination.”

Soleil Body Salon was only open for two and a half months before being shut down due to the pandemic. However, Mills said safety was her top priority.

“I spent a lot of time talking with the health department to see exactly what we needed. I wanted to make sure I had everything in place. So we could open safely to keep everyone safe and the health department was really good working with us to give us guidelines,” Mills said.

Lori Mannix owns Talents Unlimited Gymnastics. She said they’re going to take a slower approach to reopening for classes.

“We’re going to open really really slow by just doing one on one instruction with the students,” said Mannix.

She said as time goes on, she and her coaching staff will decide how to move forward.

“Rather than going back to full classes or even just 5 or 6 in a class. We don’t think we’re ready for that yet and we might not be. So we’re going to take it one month at a time to see what it’s like and proceed with caution,” she said.

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