With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across Illinois, the Midwest and the nation, Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced, on Nov. 17, additional COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will take effect in every region across the state in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.
The Tier 3 resurgence mitigations will take effect statewide at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. "Tier 3 boils down to this: if you don't need to do it, don't," Pritzker said in a statement.
While this latest round of mitigations does not include a stay-at-home order, if the mitigations are not adhered to and cases continue to rise in the weeks ahead, another order may be required. For all regions, additional mitigation measures taking effect Nov. 20 include guidance for the following settings and industries:
- Personal car services
- Health and fitness centers
- Bars and restaurants
- Meetings and social events
- Organized group recreational activities
- Indoor recreation, theater and cultural institutions
As they have since the start of COVID-19, grocery stores across the state will remain open and available. Child care facilities may continue to operate subject to guidelines from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. School districts and officials should continue to follow the extensive guidance released by the Illinois State Board of Education in August to make decisions related to in-person and remote learning at the local level.
IDPH will continue to track the positivity rates and hospital capacity metrics in regions over a 14-day monitoring periods to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place.
For more about what Tier Three mitigation measures involve, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan .