Illinois Level 3 mitigations are not just another home stay order, but the governor has warned that if they do not work, the next order will be the next.
Gov. JB Pritzker announced that the added restrictions in the state will begin this week, as coronavirus growth is now exponential in every region of the state, the rate of positivity across the country is at a record high and hospitalizations exceed the spring peak.
“If these figures do not start to be limited, if they do not start to bend this curve, then it is clear that we will have to take more difficult measures and move on to ordering a stay at home,” Pritzker said when announcing the new restrictions in the whole country.
From Friday, new guidelines will be introduced for retailers, gyms, hotels, restaurants, bars and others, according to government officials.
It was a move Pritzker said he hoped to “avoid another home stay order”
“I hope that by limiting our personal interactions now, we will be able to avoid the order to stay at home like we had in the spring,” he said.
The state’s best doctor said the home stay order was “the last trigger.”
“These are all impossible decisions. We have withdrawn from the full home stay order,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. “This is the last trigger, obviously. But if everyone cooperates with us on this break, we don’t have to go to the extreme. And so I hope everyone sees how much we try to give some people something while trying to make sure that we protect the health and safety of the people of Illinois. “
Prior to Tuesday’s announcement, the entire Illinois was undergoing some sort of enhanced mitigation, but much of the state, with the exception of a few regions, was under first-order mitigation.
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.”
The latest 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, testing 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.