New Mitigation Efforts to Take Effect in Region 7 Tomorrow

Read a press release from Governor J.B. Pritzker’s office:

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing new COVID-19 mitigation efforts will be implemented in Region 7, the greater Will and Kankakee County areas, beginning Wednesday, August 26 after the region reached 8 percent positivity for three days. Region 4, the Metro East region, which is already operating under additional mitigations, continues to report increasing COVID-19 positivity rates and will have until September 2nd at their current mitigation level before the state must move to impose further mitigation in the region.  

For Region 7, mitigation measures taking effect August 26, 2020 include the following:  

Bars 

  • No indoor service 
  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00pm 
  • 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 11:00pm 
  • 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% of overall room capacity 
  • No party buses 
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00pm, are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

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