Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that Tier 3 resurgence mitigations will take effect Friday, 11/20/20 for the entire state, in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.
This tier aims to limit gatherings and encourages people to stay home to the greatest extent possible, while permitting some industries to remain open at reduced capacities with proper safety measures in place. The new restrictions will limit indoor capacity at retail spaces and personal care services to 25%, down from the 50% currently allowed. Grocery stores and pharmacies would still be able to have a 50% capacity. The new order also puts in place limits on health and fitness centers and restricts indoor recreational activities. Child care facilities may continue to operate subject to guidelines from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Additionally, school districts and officials should continue to follow the extensive guidance released by the Illinois State Board of Education to make decisions related to in-person and remote learning at the local level. Tier 3 encourages those that can to work remotely. Click here for details on Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations.
Illinois residents are urged to stay home as much as possible and celebrate upcoming holidays with members of their household. Everyone over the age of two years old is required to wear a face covering when out in public and when social distancing is not easily achievable.
Governor J.B. Pritzker stated, “The simple fact is that COVID-19 is spreading so quickly and so widely, and our hospitals are beginning to experience real strain and at the current infection rate, they will be overwhelmed. So whenever possible, we need you to stay home,” Adding, “Tier 3 boils down to this: if you don’t need to do it, don’t.”
The Tier 3 resurgence mitigations will take effect statewide at 12:01 am on Friday, Nov. 20. State officials also said, 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.
This post was published on 11/17/2020.