Indoor dining reopened in the Metro East last Friday, Oct. 9, after more than a month of added COVID-19 mitigations.

These mitigations, which went into effect Sept. 2, were a result of the region’s positivity rate consistently being above the 8-percent threshold established under the Restore Illinois plan. This rate has fallen, with Region 4’s 7-day rolling average standing at 6.6 percent as of Oct. 10. 

Under the added restrictions, restaurants and bars were required to operate at 25 percent capacity and close their doors no later than 11 p.m., among other measures.

With restrictions lifted, these businesses may now reopen their indoor dining spaces while following Phase 4 guidelines.

Regional metrics and more information about the Restore Illinois plan can be found on the IDPH website.


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