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Updated October 22, 2020

State Public Health Officials Announce COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations

Office of the Governor JB Pritzker
October 20, 2020

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties) and Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties), beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020. Both regions are seeing a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days, which exceeds the threshold set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan. 

Regions that are experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 will operate under these new mitigation requirements:

Bars

  • All bars close at 11 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6 a.m. the following day
  • No indoor service
  • 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

  • All restaurants close at 11 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6 a.m. the following day
  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • 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% of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25% capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

Organized Group Recreational Activities
Fitness Centers, Sports, etc.

  • No change
  • All Sports Guidance effective August 15, 2020, remains in effect
  • Outdoor Activities (not included in the above exposure settings) continue per current IDCEO guidance

Media Release (October 20, 2020) (PDF)
Resurgence Mitigations Effective October 23, 2020 

Thirty Four Counties at Warning Level for Coronavirus Disease

Illinois Department of Health 
October 16, 2020

On Friday, October 16, 2020, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that 34 Illinois Counties - including Will County - are at warning level for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

From IDPH: "Although the reasons for counties reaching a warning level varies, some of the common factors for an increase in cases and outbreaks are associated with gatherings in people’s homes, weddings and funerals, bars and clubs, university and college parties as well as college sports teams, family gatherings, long-term care facilities, correctional centers, schools, and cases among the community at large, especially people in their 20s." 

IDPH News Release (October 16, 2020) (PDF)

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