On November 1, the Governor’s Office and IDPH announced that Region 2 (Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties only) has activated the state’s Tier 1 enhanced mitigations, effective Wednesday, November 4, due to the region’s average test positivity rising above 8% for three consecutive days. The Governor’s press release announcing the new mitigations for Region 2 is available via this link.
The state originally announced a mitigation plan (available via this link) to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19. As a part of that mitigation plan, Governor JB Pritzker announced that the state would be modifying its regional boundaries to largely follow IDPH’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions.
The state’s website listing what phase each region is in is available via this link.
The new Region 2 Tier 1 enhanced mitigations (available via this link) being imposed are listed below and go into effect on Wednesday, November 4:
- Bars and restaurants must be closed by 11:00 p.m. and may not reopen earlier than 6:00 a.m. the following day.
- Bars and restaurants can serve patrons at tables with outdoor seating only, all tables should be placed six feet apart. No seating of multiple parties at one table. No indoor service or seating is allowed.
- No ordering, seating or congregating at the bar is allowed and it is recommended that bar stools be removed. No indoor service or seating is allowed.
- Reservations for all groups are required.
- No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting the premises.
- Meetings, social events and gatherings are limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25% of overall room capacity. (This restriction modifies the previous limitation of the lesser of 50 people or 50% of overall room capacity.)
- No party buses are allowed.
- Gaming locations and casinos must be closed by 11:00 p.m. and are limited to 25% capacity, and must follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable.