As you may have heard, increased mitigation measures are taking effect in a number of regions across the state, including in our region, to curb the spread of COVID-19. In Region 10, these measures will be implemented beginning at 12:01 a.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 28.
These additional mitigations are being introduced to preserve the health and safety of our residents. COVID-19 positivity rates, both locally and statewide, have climbed to dangerous levels, increasing pressure on our health care workers and putting us all at heightened risk of contracting this deadly illness.
For these reasons, it’s critical that we follow the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health, which are outlined below.
I’m aware these restrictions won’t be easy on our small business community, which is why I have also included information on available assistance for those struggling.
By taking the appropriate precautions to keep ourselves and each other safe, we can bring down our positivity rates and get our region back on track—please continue to wear masks, wash your hands and practice social distancing, and encourage your family members and friends to do the same.
And don’t forget to get a flu shot to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed with COVID-19 and flu patients.
If my office can be of assistance to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 847-718-1110 or senatorlauramurphy.com/contact-us.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has imposed stricter rules on bars and restaurants, including:
Find the full list of resurgence mitigations here.
The State of Illinois has launched a number of programs to provide aid to businesses and restaurants facing pandemic-related losses:
Restaurants and bars are among the highest-risk locations for the spread of COVID-19, according to a recent report by the CDC, especially when mask wearing and social distancing are not observed. Establishments who fail to follow these rules are slowing down our recovery, not to mention endangering their customers, their employees and the community at large.
If a restaurant or bar is found to be in violation of COVID-19 prevention guidelines, they may have their operating or liquor licenses revoked by local government officials. Additionally, the Illinois State Police have now been alerted to be on patrol in regions with heightened COVID-19 restrictions and may issue citations; in extreme cases, the state may revoke a business’ liquor license. I encourage business owners to follow the guidelines set forth by the state, and I urge residents to support those businesses trying their best to keep us safe.
Region 10 will return to Phase 4 mitigations if:
Conversely, if the average positivity rate and hospital admissions for COVID-19 continue to increase over seven out of 10 days, more stringent mitigations can be applied. If the metrics remain stable, the region will continue to be monitored.
Please wash your hands, wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distancing to prevent further spread of the virus—and encourage your friends and family to do the same. With your help, we can get our region back to Phase 4, protect our health care workers from becoming overwhelmed, and most importantly, save lives.