Pritzker moves Region 4 into Tier 2, limited gathering and sports to resume

Gov. Pritzker announced on Friday that Region 4 will move from Tier 3 into Tier 2 Mitigations. Counties affected by these changes are Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington.

The region will still operate under the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Phase 4 in the Restore Illinois plan.

Some of the new changes include allowing limited social gathering, increased sports and recreational gym usage.

Gyms can open with a capacity of no more than ten people at a time. Students will need reservations to use the Student Fitness Center facilities. Club sports can resume under the IDPH All Sports Policy.

Organized sports are limited to 25 people or 25 percent of a building’s capacity, whichever is less.

Friends and family and small groups of ten can now gather as long as they follow social distancing and mask guidelines both indoors and outdoors.

Offices may resume 50 percent capacity and allow employees with health conditions to continue to work remotely. SIUE will continue flexible work schedules and allow remote working to continue where possible.

The campus will allow groups of ten or fewer to gather indoors or outdoors.

Those interested in hosting events must still submit an event safety plan to SIUE for consideration. They will continue to follow the rules laid out in IDPH’s Restore Illinois plan.

Students received emails from the chancellor's office yesterday afternoon detailing how this new tier would affect the campus. Students and faculty can also follow the SIUE COVID-19 information page for updates on policy change and current metrics.

Test positivity rates had to fall below 12 percent and ICU bed availability over 20 percent for three consecutive days and no increase in hospitalized patients in a rolling 7-day average for the region to fall into this tier.

Pritzker also announced people who were eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Plan may begin to receive the vaccine as early as Monday.

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