Region 4’s positivity rate has consistently been above the 8 percent threshold established in the Restore Illinois plan since mid-August, leading new mitigations to take effect Sept. 2, including the following:
- Bars & restaurants: These businesses must close at 11 p.m. and may not reopen earlier than 6 a.m. No indoor service is allowed, and outdoor tables should be at least 6 feet apart. Additionally, no congregating is allowed.
- Meetings, social events & gatherings: All gatherings are limited to 25 guests or 25 percent of room capacity, whichever is less. No party buses can be operational. Gaming and casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity and follow the same mitigations as restaurants and bars when serving food or drinks.
IDPH said further mitigations will be instituted if the positivity rate remains above 8 percent for 14 days. Learn more at www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/region-4-mitigation-measures.