Gov. Pritzker announces COVID-19 resurgence mitigation measures in southern Ill.

Pritzker announces mitigations for southern Illinois

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker announced COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in southern Illinois at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, October 22.

The measures 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.

State health officials say the region is seeing a seven-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent 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.

“While we continue to see a safer pandemic landscape than back in the Spring – in terms of positivity, hospital capacity, and community spread – and safer than much of the Midwest, things have changed,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Every region of the state has started to move in the wrong direction. Cases, positivity rates, hospitalizations and deaths are rising 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. 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.”

The governor said the administration continues to work to support small businesses impacted by the ongoing pandemic, distributing $24.6 million in emergency grants and assistance to businesses and communities in Region 5.

Businesses in the region will also receive priority consideration for the current round of Business Interruption Grants as a result of the additional mitigations.

The governor was in Murphysboro on Monday, October 19 to hold his COVID-19 briefing and announce the mitigation measures. He was joined by local health experts at the Jackson County Health Department at 2:30 p.m.

Gov. Pritzker holds briefing in Murphysboro, Ill., announces new mitigation measures

Illinois cases

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,113 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, October 19, including 22 additional deaths.

One of the newly reported deaths was a man in his 70s from Williamson County.

Currently, IDPH reported a total of 347,161 cases of COVID-19, including 3,113 deaths.

On Friday, the health department reported a total of 6,824,237 tests had been conducted in the state.

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