BOURBONNAIS – Gov. JB Pritzker’s office and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced early Friday morning Restaurants and Bars can reopen for indoors service effective this evening following confirmation of the three day slide below the 6.5 percent threshold set by the state of Illinois and IDPH.
“Starting today at 5 pm, Region 7 of our 11 Restore Illinois Regions, that’s Will and Kankakee counties, can officially return to the same Phase 4 mitigations of our Restore Illinois plan,” Gov. JB Pritzker announced during a press conference Friday morning. “That means that after about three weeks of increased restrictions, due to a surge in positivity rate, in that Region, restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor service, and the broader gathering capacity cap can return to 50 from 25.”
The Kankakee and Will county regions officially moved from Tier 1 mitigation back into full Phase 4 with the rest of the State of Illinois, minus Region 4, on Friday.
Under Phase 4 mitigations, gatherings are limited to under 50 people with limited capacity allowed for indoor dining.
“Let that be a testament honestly, to the entire State. To the power of community that embraces doctor recommended mitigations proven to reduce risk and slow the spread.” Gov. Pritzker said. “We can’t outrun this virus, but with masks and distancing, hand washing and respect for public health, and for each other, we can beat it back enough to keep our businesses and our schools open, and our neighborhoods safer.”