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Illinois moves into Phase 5: What it means for your practice

While the phase is set to mark a full reopening, beginning on June 11, not all restrictions will be lifted.

Illinois is set to fully reopen this week and enter Phase 5 of the state's reopening plan Friday. Gov. J.B. Pritzker released the guidelines for Phase 5 and what exactly it means. 

While the phase is set to mark a full reopening, beginning on June 11, not all restrictions will be lifted.

As noted in "Phase 5 Guidelines for Businesses and Venues," all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, must continue to wear a mask in health care settings, (which includes dental offices). To read the full document, you may click here

  • There are limited circumstances and settings where all individuals,including those who are fully vaccinated, must continue to wear a mask in accordance with CDC guidance:(1) on public transportation, (2)in congregate facilities, (3)in health care settings, and where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

The CDC recommends you continue to screen and triage everyone entering a dental facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The CDC also recommends using additional infection prevention and control practices. These practices are intended to apply to all patients, not just those with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Continue to consult the CDC Guidance for Dental Settings web page for updated resources, guidelines, and rules related to COVID-19 safety. 

The ADA also has a great resource for your COVID-19 procedures. You may access this by clicking here.

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