COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 3–which includes Montgomery County–beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, the governor and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Thursday, Oct. 29.
The region has seen a seven-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days, which exceeds the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan. Region 3 includes Hancock, Adams, Pike, Calhoun, Jersey, Greene, Scott, Brown, Schuyler, Cass, Morgan, Macoupin, Montgomery, Christian, Sangamon, Logan, Menard, and Mason counties.
“As of this morning, Region 3–which encompasses Quincy, Springfield and much of West-Central Illinois–has now sustained an average positivity rate of 8 percent or higher for three days, today hitting 8.8 percent–meaning that, starting Sunday, they will join the majority of the state in operating under resurgence mitigations,” Governor JB Pritzker said Thursday. “Something has got to give, and these mitigations aim to cut down on those high-risk activities until we bring down the positivity rate in an area once again. Because let’s be clear: well-meaning and reasonable people can have fair disagreements about how and where to draw lines and connect dots, but when every single metric in every single corner of the state is trending poorly, we have to take meaningful action to keep our people safe.”
Mitigation measures taking effect Nov. 1 in Region 3 include for bars: no indoor service; all outside bar service closes at 11 p.m.; all bar patrons should be seated at tables outside; no ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed); tables should be six feet apart; no standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting; no dancing or standing indoors; reservations required for each party; no seating of multiple parties at one table.
For restaurants: no indoor dining or bar service; all outdoor dining closes at 11 p.m.; outside dining tables should be six feet apart; no standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting; reservations required for each party; no seating of multiple parties at one table.
For meetings, social events and gatherings: limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity; no party buses; gaming and Casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable.
These mitigations do not apply to schools or polling places.
Region 3 is currently seeing an 8.8 percent positivity rate, an increase from 4.6 percent in September, a summer peak of 6.2 percent in August, and a low of 0.9 percent in June. While most regions are seeing sustained increases in both positivity and hospitalization rates, today Region 3 is experiencing triple the amount of COVID-related hospital admissions since early September.
In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 3 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place. If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5 percent for three consecutive days, then the regions will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5 percent and 8 percent, the new mitigations will remain in place and unchanged. If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8 percent after 14 days, more stringent mitigations may be applied to further reduce spread of the virus.
IDPH will continue to work closely with local health departments in Region 3 to provide education to the public and offer information to businesses and organizations on safe ways to reopen. The significance of face coverings, social distancing, and hand washing have been consistently emphasized by the administration throughout the pandemic.
A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to some businesses and industries may be found on the DCEO website at www.dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois.