County looks for ways to get back to normal faster


SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Governor Pritzker said all regions of the state in his plant to reopen Illinois are on track to reach Phase 3 by the end of this month.

That phase would allow offices, retailers and close contact businesses like salons to reopen with limited capacity. But one county in the central region updated their policy over the weekend saying they would like to see the county get back to normal faster.

Leaders in Sangamon County said they plan to continue following the governor’s path to reopen the state but they fear leaving things the way they are now could be detrimental to businesses here. In a policy update issued this weekend, county officials commend the governor for acting quickly early on to prevent the spread of COVID-19 since March. They said they believe measures put in place have reduced the amount of cases we could have seen in they were not there. But they said the governor’s plan does not account for the diversity of the state and they need better ways to enforce the order.

Leaders said instead of focusing on government policies, they want to prioritize large gatherings, healthcare settings and high risk populations. Going forward leaders said they want people and businesses to make the best decisions for their health based on the information that has been given to them.

The county said they are working with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce to create guidelines for businesses to consider. They said they hope to have those out sometime this week.

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