Brief: IDPH announces Metro-East moves into Phase 4, vaccination registration

Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties will move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan effective Feb. 4.


SIUE will not be making changes to its classrooms, but students can participate in outdoor activities in groups of up to 50 people.


The Student Fitness Center will remain at 50 percent capacity, and students must continue to social distance and wear masks.


In-person campus events must still follow the Event Safety Plan procedures put in place by SIUE.


Under Phase 4, all restaurants and bars in the state may now have indoor dining and drinking for groups of up to 10 people.


Retail and personal care services are allowed 50 percent of their capacity limit.


Bowling and other indoor recreational activities may resume with no more than 50 customers or 50 percent capacity, whichever is fewer.


Groups may now meet, provided they social distance, meet less than 50 percent of a room’s capacity and have no more than 50 people in the room. Multiple groups can meet in the same building if they use separate rooms.


Students and faculty still need to practice safety by wearing their masks, properly hand-washing and limiting social engagements when possible.


The Madison County Health Department begins scheduling for vaccinations at 2 p.m. Feb 4.


Phase 1A includes healthcare personnel and long-term care facilities.


Phase 1B includes essential front-line workers and adults 65 and older.


If you or someone you know falls under Phase 1A or 1B of the IDPH Vaccination Plan, you can access the scheduling portal at Coronavirus Vaccine Outreach (


For more information about the vaccine, visit SIUE’s COVID-19 Information page.

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