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Illinois Issues Statewide Tier 3 Mitigations

Posted on November 17, 2020

With COVID-19 spread now exponential in every region of the state, statewide positivity rate at record highs and hospitalizations surpassing the Spring peak, the State of Illinois has announced all 11 state regions including Chicago will move into Tier 3 effective Friday, November 20 at 12:01 a.m.

Listed below are new mitigation requirements by industry.


Bars & Restaurants

  • All bars and restaurants close at 11:00 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6:00 a.m. the following day
  • No indoor service
  • All bar and restaurant 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 outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • No tables exceeding 6 people
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
  • Includes private clubs

Health & Fitness Centers

  • Operate at no more than 25% capacity
  • No indoor group classes
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, including while engaged in individual exercise regardless of person or machine spacing
  • Reservations required
  • Locker room areas should be closed

Hotels

  • Hotel room occupancy should be limited to registered guests only, with the maximum allowance being the number of individuals permissible per existing code for each applicable guest room
  • Fitness centers should be closed, or operated only on a reservation model with capacity limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy for the room
  • Grab and go food allowed
  • Event and meeting space closed

Indoor Recreation, Theaters & Cultural Institutions

  • Indoor recreation centers, including theaters, performing arts centers and indoor museums and amusement centers, close
  • Live streaming of performances encouraged with social distancing of performers and minimum operational staff
  • Outdoor activities allowed at 25% capacity or less
  • Outdoor group activities limited to 10 persons or less, participants/guests must wear face coverings at all times
  • Reservations required for each guest for outdoor activities

Meetings, Social Events & Gatherings

  • Limit in home gatherings to household members
  • Meeting rooms, banquet centers, private party rooms, private clubs and country clubs may not host gatherings
  • No party buses
  • Funerals are limited to 10 family members of the decedents, not including staff, see IDPH guidance

Office

  • All employees who can work remotely should work remotely

Personal Care Service

  • Operate at lesser of 25 clients or 25% capacity
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times by clients and service providers
  • Suspend services where a face covering cannot be worn (e.g. facials, beard trims)
  • Physical, occupational and massage therapy allowed as deemed necessary by a medical provider, but appointments must be paced by a minimum of 15 minutes and facilities should take steps to sanitize and circulate clean air through service rooms before and after each service
  • Virtual consultations recommended

Retail

  • Operate at no more than 25% capacity, including general merchandise stores, “big box” stores that offer groceries and pharmacy, and convenience stores
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies may operate at up to 50% capacity
  • Encourage delivery or curbside pickup options wherever possible
  • When in-store shopping is necessary, promote efficient trips and consistent circulation

The Illinois Department of Health will continue to track the positivity rates and hospital capacity metrics in regions over 14-day monitoring periods to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place. In order for a region to move back to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must experience less than 12% 7-day average test positivity rate for three consecutive days AND greater than 20% available intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital bed availability for three consecutive days AND declining 7-day average COVID hospitalizations for 7 out of the last 10 days.

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