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Gov. Pritzker Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions for Local Illinois Counties

On Thursday in Region 5 of Illinois, new COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, and gatherings will go into effect.

Posted: Oct 19, 2020 3:25 PM
Updated: Oct 20, 2020 12:54 PM

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said Monday that "every region of the state has started to move in the wrong direction," with COVID-19 positivity rates, hospitalizations, and deaths on the rise statewide.

"Experts have predicted for months that the country could see a resurgence of the virus as temperatures get colder and more people spend more time inside," said Gov. Pritzker. "Here in Illinois, it looks like a new wave could be upon us. To be clear, ours will not be one of the states that takes no action in response to rising cases, hospitalizations and deaths. We will follow public health recommendations to bring our numbers down, save our economy and let more of our kids go to school.”

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Region 5 of Illinois has currently seen a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8% or above for three consecutive days, which "exceeds the threshold set for establishing mitigation measures in the region under the state's Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan."

Mitigation measures taking effect on October 22 in Region 5 include:

Bars
  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
Restaurants
  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings
  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

These mitigations do not currently apply to schools.

Region 5 includes Marion, Jefferson, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, Perry, Jackson, Franklin, Williamson, Saline, Hamilton, White, Gallatin, Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Massac, and Pulaski counties.

IDPH says that in the coming days, it will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 5 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place.



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