COVID-19 Mitigations Beginning Thursday in Southern Illinois

COVID-19 Mitigations Beginning Thursday in Southern Illinois

MURPHYSBORO – Governor JB Pritzker announced Monday the increased restrictions in Region 5 of the state, which includes several southern Illinois counties.

Pritzker held a COVID-19 briefing Monday afternoon in Murphysboro where he announced the mitigations, which take effect October 22 in Region 5 and include the following:

  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
  • All bar 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 indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
    Restaurants
  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
    Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings
  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

The Region Monday hit its third straight day of average positivity rates above 8 percent (8.5, 9.1, 9.1), which sent it into mitigation. Southern Illinois additionally saw an increase in COVID-related hospitalizations.

Pritzker pointed to neighboring states of Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin and Iowa as making it difficult for Illinois to keep its number down, saying the states have positivity rates in the double digits with some nearing almost 25%.

He did say, however, a new statewide stay at home order is not in the cards and he’s sticking to regionalization and targeted mitigations.

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