The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Sunday that Region 4 – the Metro East area that includes Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties – has exceeded IDPH criteria that trigger additional mitigations to combat a resurgence of COVID-19 and prevent uncontrollable spread.
According to the Restore Illinois resurgence plan, new mitigations will be applied if a region’s positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8 percent for three consecutive days, as it has in Region 4 from August 14 to 16, 2020.
Effective Tuesday, August 18, Region 4 will operate under these new mitigation requirements:
All bars close at 11:00 PM; No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar and bar stools should be removed; All bar patrons should be seated at tables inside and outside; All indoor tables should be reduced to 6 persons or less; 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; and Reservations required for each party.
All restaurants close at 11:00 PM; All indoor tables should be reduced to 6 people or less; 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; If the restaurant also has a bar, the rules for bars apply.
Meetings, social events and gatherings should be limited to 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity, whichever is lower; All reception halls closed; No party buses; Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 PM and are limited to 25 percent capacity.
There is no change to organized group recreational activities, such as fitness centers. All sports guidance effective August 15 remains in effect; and outdoor activities continue per DCEO guidance.
IDPH will track the positivity rate in Region 4 over a 14-day monitoring period to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place. If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5 percent over a 14-day period, the region will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5 percent and 8 percent, IDPH will continue to monitor the region to determine if additional mitigations are needed. If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8 percent after 14 days, more stringent mitigations will be applied to further reduce spread of the virus, which can include the closure of indoor bars and dining.