NO MORE THAN 50: Illinois Governor Announces that Churches Will Be Limited to Low Capacity Until Vaccine is Developed
The Washington Examiner reported that it could take more than a year before churches are allowed to fully re-open according to Democratic Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.
Pritzker rolled out a five-phase plan to reopen Illinois that provides guidelines to schools, businesses, churches, and other places of worship about when they can re-open their doors. In phase three of this plan, the Illinois state government will allow gatherings of up to 10 people. In phase four, the government will allow gatherings of up to 50 people to takes place. Phase five of this plan will allow gatherings of more than five people.
During a press conference on May 6, 2020, Prtizker noted that churches will be subject to the same standards and will not be allowed to hold in-person services of more than 50 people until the government reaches phase five of this plan. Pritzker said this plan will have to go through even if it takes more than a year to get there.
“You know that in phase three, there can be gatherings, church gatherings, of 10 or fewer. In phase four, 50 or fewer. So that’s the guidance that’s been given to me,” Pritzker stated. “I’m not the one providing that guidance. It really is what the scientists and epidemiologists are recommending.”
Pritzker declared that the state entered phase two on May 1 and will reach phase three on May 29 at the earliest. The usage of face masks in public will be recommended until phase five is reached. Schools, restaurants, and bars will not open up again until phase four.
Phase five will not begin until a vaccine is readily available or a therapeutic drug that can effectively counter the virus hits the market. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed that a vaccine is 12 to 18 months away from being available to the public.
Hopefully, Americans wake up to this petty demagoguery and start reasserting their civil liberties.