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  • Governor Announces new Statewide Restrictions Starting Friday

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    With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across the state of Illinois, the Midwest and the nation, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced additional COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will take effect in every region across the state in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Tier 3 mitigations build on the Resurgence Mitigation Plan released in July to suppress the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overrun. This latest round of mitigations aims to limit gatherings and encourages residents to stay home as much as possible and follow proper safety measures when out in public. The mitigations carefully balance the paramount goal of saving lives while preserving the option for in-person learning for children and protecting as much of the economy as possible from the continued impacts of the virus.

    These new Tier 3 resurgence mitigation measures include targeted restrictions for retail shops and a shutdown of casinos as part of the state’s latest effort to slow the surging coronavirus. Just ahead of the busiest shopping season of the year, retailers will be under a 25% capacity limit, down from the current 50%. A 50% capacity limit will remain for grocery stores & pharmacies, but big-box chains such as Walmart and Target that sell groceries will be subject to the 25% limit.

    In addition to casinos, video gambling terminals statewide will be shut down under the plan, as well as theaters and museums. Outdoor dining, elective surgeries, and salon and spa services that allow for a mask to be worn all will be permitted to continue. Health and fitness centers will be allowed to operate at no more than 25% capacity with face coverings worn at all times, no group classes permitted, and advance reservation requirements.

    The State's Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations will take effect statewide at 12:01 am on Friday, November 20, 2020.

    Find the details of the Restore Illinois Tier Three Mitigation Plan by industry and category here.