Illinois to relax COVID capacity restrictions for performance venues, museums, theaters

Posted on: March 19, 2021

“Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a plan for new, relaxed COVID capacity restrictions for indoor movie theaters, performance venues and museums,” write Michael Phillips, Steve Johnson, Chris Jones, Doug George, Tracy Swartz, and Jennifer Day in Friday’s (3/19) Chicago Tribune. “Chicago is evaluating the new state guidance and will be releasing updated city guidelines early next week…. The updated state guidance … provides for a new ‘bridge’ phase preceding Phase 5, when the state reopens completely…. The state revised its Phase 4 guidelines, allowing for 25% fixed seating capacity in indoor and outdoor film, theater, performing arts and other venues seating 200 or more. For fixed-seating venues with capacities under 200, the limit will increase to 50% capacity or 50 seats, whichever is fewer…. Outdoor festivals and spectator events will be limited to 30 people per 1,000 square feet … There has been no announcement of a 2021 date for Lollapalooza in Grant Park or Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park…. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association told the Tribune Thursday it hoped to return to live concerts before summer. It had previously canceled performances through June 13 … At Lyric Opera, no live indoor performances are planned until September.”