Region 4 To Implement Mitigation Strategies Tuesday
Region 4 has exceeded IDPH criteria that trigger additional mitigations to combat a resurgence of COVID-19 and prevent uncontrollable spread. As detailed in the July 15 Restore Illinois resurgence plan, new mitigations will be applied if a region’s positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8% for three consecutive days, as it has in Region 4 from August 14 to 16, 2020. Region 4 includes Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties. Effective August 18, Region 4 will operate under these new mitigation requirements: SETTING MITIGATION REQUIREMENTS Bars • All bars close at 11:00pm (matching new closing time at bars in St. Louis) • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed) • All bar patrons should be seated at tables inside and outside • All indoor tables should be reduced to 6 persons or less • Tables should be 6 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 Restaurants • All restaurants close at 11:00pm (matching new closing time at bars in St. Louis) • All indoor tables should be reduced to 6 people or less • Tables should be 6 feet apart • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting • Reservations required for each party • If the restaurant also has a bar, the rules for bars apply Meetings, social events and gatherings • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity • All reception halls closed • No party buses • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00pm and are limited to 25% capacity Organized group recreational activities (fitness centers, sports, etc.) • No change • All Sports Guidance effective August 15, 2020, remains in effect • Outdoor Activities (not included in the above exposure settings) continue per current DCEO guidance IDPH will track the positivity rate in Region 4 over a 14-day monitoring period to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place. If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5 percent over a 14-day period, the region 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. If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8 percent after 14 days, more stringent mitigations will be applied to further reduce spread of the virus, which can include the closure of indoor bars and dining. Follow the latest regional metrics at: https://dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics
If they paid attention and continued to do this after the disastrous May decision to “disbelieve” you all would probably be almost back to normal. But…………..Oh well. Hopefully lesson learned!! Please keep our Mason safe!