Tier 3 COVID Mitigation Begins On Friday, Nov. 20

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The state will enter Tier 3 mitigation beginning Friday, Nov. 20, which will limit home gatherings to household members and ban gatherings at meeting rooms, banquet centers, private party rooms, private clubs and country clubs. Funerals are limited to 10 family members of the deceased person. 

“Tier 3 boils down to this: if you don’t need to do it, don’t,” Gov. JB Pritzker said of leaving the home as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to soar.

Pritzker said the Tier 3 mitigations stop short of a stay-at-home order, although staying home was the best option for limiting the virus’ spread. More businesses are allowed to remain open than when he issued a stay-at-home order in March because more is known about the virus, he said.  Certain businesses–including casinos and indoor gaming terminals–will close. 

“To be very clear, we are relying on you here,” Pritzker said. “Nobody will go door-to-door to check on you. But we’re asking people to hold themselves and each other accountable.”

Locally, 44 new cases have been confirmed in Montgomery County this week as of Wednesday, Nov. 18, for a positivity rate of 3.9 percent, bringing the total number of cases up to 942 since the pandemic began. One of the two COVID deaths in the county announced by the state on Thursday, Nov. 12, has now been attributed to another county.

Four restaurants in Litchfield have an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19, Christian-Montgomery EMA Director Greg Nimmo announced on Wednesday, Nov. 18: Jubelt’s, Taco Bell, Nancy’s Pizza, and Long John Silver.

“Upon notification of the positive case within the facility, they were in direct contact with the local health department,” Nimmo said. “Additional contact tracing has been completed by the Montgomery County Health Department.

“After a COVID positive case in an exposed business, an additional facility deep cleaning is completed as a precaution to ensure customer and employee continued safety,” Nimmo continued.  “These businesses have currently reopened. All four businesses would like to thank everyone for their continued support as they navigate through COVID-19.”

He added that recent customers at the restaurants who were following IDPH guidelines would not meet the exposure guidelines of less than six feet for more than fifteen minutes.

On Monday, Nov. 16, Superintendent Dr. Greggory Fuerstenau announced that a student at Litchfield High School tested positive, and contact tracing resulted in those who were in close contact placed in quarantine.

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