COVID-19 resurgence mitigations to take effect in Region 3 on Nov. 1

COVID-19 resurgence mitigations to take effect in Region 3 on Nov. 1
Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced mitigations for Region 3, West Central Illinois, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. (Source: KAIT-TV)

CHICAGO, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced mitigations for Region 3, West Central Illinois, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, November 1.

Mitigation measures taking effect include:

Bars

  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11 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 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 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

These mitigations do not apply to schools or polling places.

They said the region has seen a seven-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days.

According to IDPH and the governor’s office, Region 3 is currently seeing an 8.8 percent positivity rate, an increase from 4.6 percent in September, a summer peak of 6.2 percent in August, and a low of 0.9 percent in June.

While most regions are seeing sustained increases in both positivity and hospitalization rates, on Thursday Region 3 experienced triple the amount of COVID-related hospital admissions since early September.

Region 3 includes: Hancock, Adams, Pike, Calhoun, Jersey, Greene, Scott, Brown, Schuyler, Cass, Morgan, Macoupin, Montgomery, Christian, Sangamon, Logan, Menard, and Mason counties.

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 3 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place.

If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5 percent for three consecutive days, then the regions will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan.

If the positivity rate averages between 6.5 percent and 8 percent, the new mitigations will remain in place and unchanged. If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8 percent after 14 days, more stringent mitigations may be applied to further reduce spread of the virus.

As of Thursday, including Region 3, a total of nine of the state’s 11 regions have triggered one of the state’s failsafe state-action metric.

Regions 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 will all soon operate under Tier 1 mitigation measures given that these regions continue to report a 7-day rolling positivity rate above 8 percent.

By Friday, Regions 10 and 11 will both operate under Tier 1 mitigations given that these regions triggered additional mitigations based on sustained increases in both positivity and hospitalization rates.

Region 1 is currently operating under Tier 2 mitigation measures after continuing to see a rise in positivity, even under the Tier 1 mitigation framework, with the highest rolling positivity average in the state.

The administration said it continues to provide relief for small businesses impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

On Thursday, the administration announced that through both the historic Business Interruption Grants program and Local CURE funding, a total of $94 million has already been deployed to Illinois businesses and communities to help offset costs and losses due to the pandemic.

In Region 3 alone, the governor’s office said nearly $40 million in emergency grants and assistance has been awarded via both programs. Moving forward, businesses in Region 3, as well as other regions currently under additional mitigations, will receive priority consideration for the current round of BIG. These programs are guided by an equity framework and seek to address the hardest hit communities with emergency relief dollars.

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