Governor eases COVID restrictions in 3 Illinois regions

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FILE – In this March 30, 2020 file photo, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks in Chicago during the daily update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Pritzker said during a stop in Rock Island, Ill., Monday, July 27, 2020, that “things are not moving in the right direction” in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois, where officials reported a sixth day in a row of more than 1,000 newly confirmed cases. Earlier in Quincy, the Democrat said he didn’t expect life in Illinois to return to normal until sometime next year. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

By DON BABWIN Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the spread of COVID-19 has slowed sufficiently that he’s easing restrictions in three Illinois regions, although strict rules will remain in place in Chicago and other parts of the state.

On Friday, Pritzker said group fitness classes and gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed again in parts of central Illinois and the northwest and southern corners of the state.

Pritzker says bars and restaurants will be allowed to resume indoor service soon if the metrics continue to improve, but he wasn’t able to say when that will happen.

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