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Illinois has fully reopened and events will return to full capacity

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QUINCY (WGEM) - The State of Illinois enters Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan on Friday, June 11.

That means indoor events can open at full capacity after more than a year of being closed or limited.

At the Oakley Lindsay Center, officials said the capacity limits during earlier phases meant they couldn’t hold the larger events like weddings or concerts they usually have here.

OLC officials said earlier in the year they weren’t sure when they state would move into Phase 5, so they had some events scheduled for May and June that had to be pushed back and were worried the same could happen in July if the state delayed entering Phase 5.

“Everything has been moved back so much with scheduling and everyone needs months to schedule, so basically July is when we’ll gear back up for everything," said Chris Landwehr, OLC executive director.

He added that the only time their event spaces were used during the pandemic were for mass testing and vaccination sites by the Adams County Health Department.

Now their space is booked for the next year.

“We don’t really have any events in June because we didn’t know the mandates with the state, so we moved everything out of June, but we’re going to fire back up in July and we’re pretty booked up until April of next year after that. We’re looking good on the schedule and we’re filling up fast.”

He said weddings, corporate events and fundraisers, as well as concerts scheduled in the coming months.

The state guidelines are here.

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