Illinois will see a new set of restrictions starting Friday in the state.
The governor announced the changes, citing an increase in cases, hospitalizations and levels of positivity in all 11 regions of the state.
According to government officials, new guidelines will be introduced for retailers, gyms, hotels, restaurants, bars and more.
Here is a complete breakdown.
What is included in the guidelines?
Bars and restaurants
• All bars and restaurants close at 23:00 and can reopen no earlier than 6:00 the next day
• No internal service
• All patrons of bars and restaurants should sit at outdoor tables
• No ordering, sitting or gathering at the bar (bar stools must be removed)
• Tables should be 6 feet apart
• No standing or gathering outdoors while waiting for a table or going out
• No dancing or standing indoors
• No tables for more than 6 people
• Reservations are required for each country
• There are no seats at multiple parties at one table
• The internal gaming terminals must stop working
• Includes private clubs and country clubs
Health and fitness centers
• Operate at no more than 25% capacity
• There are no indoor group classes
• Face pads should be worn at all times, including while doing individual exercises, regardless of the distance between people or the machine.
• Reservations are required
• The locker room areas must be closed
• Occupancy in the hotel room should be limited to registered guests only, the maximum allowance being the number of people allowed for an existing fire code for each applicable guest room
• Fitness centers must be closed or operate only on a reservation model with a capacity limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy of the room
• Grab and allow food
• Closed place for events and meetings
Indoor recreation, theaters, cultural institutions (eg casinos, bowling, arcades, cinemas, museums and zoos)
• Games and casinos close
• Closed leisure centers, including theaters, performing arts centers and indoor museums and entertainment centers
• Live broadcast of performances encouraged by social distancing of performers and minimal operational staff
• Permitted outdoor activities with a capacity of 25% or less
• Outdoor group activities limited to 1
• Reservations are required for each guest for outdoor activities
• Additional COVID training for all employees, even if there has been previous training
• Operators should coordinate with IDPH to implement test protocols and contact tracking, upon request, in accordance with available test materials
• All employees must wear face covers at all times unless they are eating or drinking. Exceptions for safety purposes only.
• Only production personnel and key personnel are allowed in the production facilities. Non-production staff must work remotely. There is no need for staff and visitors who are not essential. Exceptions only for critical equipment repairs, supplies and safety considerations (“critical visitors”).
• All critical visitors must have a pre-approved Health and Safety Risk Assessment (EHS), including travel history, follow-up and temperature check before entry.
• Apply additional rearrangement to the workstation whenever possible
• Relocation and space shifts and define shift inputs and outputs (where possible) to minimize employee interactions in unique shift groups
• Rehabilitation of the station is required at the beginning and end of shifts
• Operators should stop the incentive payment associated with COVID and encourage them to stay at home when they are ill or show symptoms
• Implement temporary leave policies to accommodate sick workers
• Development and implementation of safety protocols for employees’ passenger vans in order to promote the distance between them, to require face coatings, temperature checks, air circulation and vehicle hygiene
Meetings, social events and gatherings (including weddings, trips, etc.)
• Restricting home gatherings to household members
• Meeting rooms, banquet centers, private party halls, private clubs and provincial clubs cannot host gatherings
• No party buses
• Funerals are limited to 10 members of the heirs’ family, without staff, see IDPH guidelines
• All employees who can work remotely must work remotely
Organized group entertainment activities (sports, indoor sports and entertainment facilities, etc.)
• Pause all indoor sports and leisure activities, including leisure sports for young people and adults, individual training may remain (with reservation of the facility)
• Includes park areas and leagues for travel • Outdoor sports and recreation are allowed
• Outdoor groups and practices limited to 10 people or less with social distance
• Face coverings required for all activities at all times
• Changing rooms must be closed
Personal care service
• Work with less than 25 customers or 25% capacity
• The face cover must be worn at all times by customers and service providers
• Suspension of services when a face covering cannot be worn (eg facial procedures, beard trimming)
• Physical, occupational and massage therapy, permitted as needed by a medical provider, but meetings should be at least 15 minutes apart and facilities should take steps to rehabilitate and circulate fresh air through the service rooms before and after each service.
• Virtual consultation is recommended
Retail (including service counters)
• Work with a capacity of no more than 25%, including general merchandise stores, large box stores that offer groceries and pharmacies, and stores
• Grocery stores and pharmacies can operate with a capacity of up to 50%
• Encourage delivery or curb delivery where possible
• When shopping in the store is necessary, encourage efficient travel and constant circulation
What is not included?
According to the governor’s office, grocery stores in the state will remain open and available, kindergartens may continue to operate, and school districts and officials “must continue to follow the extensive guidelines published by the Illinois State Board of Education in August for to make decisions related to personal and distance learning at local level. “
November 17, 2020: Dr. Ngozi Ezike explained in detail why the state needs to move to level 3 mitigation, as coronavirus hospitalizations continue to increase and some hospital-reporting hospitals are not accessible to patients.
How long will it last?
The state Department of Health said staff would monitor performance over the next 14 days to determine “whether the mitigation can be alleviated, whether additional mitigation is needed, or whether current mitigation should remain in place.”
In order for the region to return to level 2 mitigation, it must see a seven-day test average positivity below 12% for three consecutive days, more than 20% availability for intensive care units and hospital beds for three consecutive days. and a decline in seven-day hospitalization for an average of at least seven days.
“There is no denying that the state has gone in the wrong direction with an increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” IDPH Director Dr Ngozi Ezike said in a statement. “There is no denying that reducing the chances of the virus spreading could reverse our direction. This includes staying at home as long as possible, wearing a mask and keeping a social distance when we have to go out, and not meeting people outside our households. Until the vaccine is widely available and people do not understand the importance of vaccination, we must continue to take preventive action to stop the transmission of the virus. Currently, our preventive actions are the best way to prevent new cases, hospitalizations and deaths. “
Although the latest round of mitigation measures does not include a home stay order, Pritzker warned that another order may be needed.
The governor hinted at the possibility of a state order for a stay at home in the coming days if the indicators do not change.
“The numbers don’t lie,” Pritzker said at the time. “If things don’t turn out in the next few days, we’ll quickly get to the point where there will be some form of mandatory home stay order left. With every fiber of my being, I don’t want us to get there, but at the moment it seems that we are on our way. “
His warning came after state health officials issued guidelines recommending that all residents “stay at home as long as possible, leaving only for necessary and basic activities, such as work to be done outside the home, tests for COVID-19 , visiting the pharmacy and buying groceries. “
IDPH also recommended that everyone work with employers to work from home, unless it is necessary to be at work, and issued another warning that “attending even small gatherings that mix households or travel to areas with a high percentage of positivity is not recommended and is potentially dangerous. “
Home counseling went into effect Monday morning in Chicago and suburban Cook County as coronavirus rates continue to rise.
What are the current indicators?
The governor’s update on Tuesday comes after numerous warnings about hospitalizations in the state, which have been steadily increasing in recent days.
Illinois had previously reached its peak in hospitalization about six months ago, but as the state’s latest wave raises the number of average patients in Illinois facilities to well over 5,000, the state sees a record number.
As of Monday, Illinois reported an average of more than 5,200 coronavirus patients in public hospitals, up 400 more than the spring high and a 70 percent increase in the past two weeks alone, Pritzker said.
The number of hospitalizations in the country jumped on Tuesday to 5,887 residents currently in hospitals for coronavirus-like illnesses, an increase of more than 300 patients in the past 24 hours. Currently, 1158 of these patients are in intensive care units and 545 are on ventilators, which is also an increase for both.
All three statistics are the highest indicators the state has seen in their respective categories since the first peak of COVID-19 cases earlier this year.
Illinois health officials reported 12,601 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus on Tuesday and 97 additional deaths.
Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday marked the 12th consecutive day in which the state saw more than 10,000 new cases of coronavirus.
The moving seven-day state positivity rate remained stable at 12.5% after fluctuations of nearly three points in the previous week.
November 16: Two Illinois medical professionals located in regions where coronavirus hospitalizations are worse than during the spring rush, speak during a daily briefing by Gov. JB Pritzker.