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No Indoor Dining, Drinking In Kendall Co. Amid Coronavirus Surge

KENDALL COUNTY, IL — Restaurants and bars in Illinois’ North Central region will be forced to suspend indoor service starting Wednesday after a surge in coronavirus cases in the region over the past few weeks.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced COVID-19 resurgence mitigations in Region 2 — Kendall County’s Restore Illinois region — beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday.

The region has seen a 7-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 2 includes Rock Island, Henry, Bureau, Putnam, Kendall, Grundy, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren, McDonough, Fulton, Stark, Marshall, Peoria, Tazwell, McLean, Woodford, Livingston, and Lasalle counties.

“Region 2 has now sustained an average positivity rate of 8 percent or higher for three consecutive days, meaning that now every region in Illinois will soon be operating under resurgence mitigations,” Pritzker said in a release. “I know that the vast majority of people in this state want to keep themselves safe, their families and children safe, their parents and neighbors and friends. I have always maintained enormous faith in the people of Illinois to do what’s right for each other. As cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising across our state, across the Midwest and across the nation, we have to act responsibly and collectively to protect the people we love.”

Mitigation measures taking effect include:

Bars

  • No indoor service

  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 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 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

  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Restaurants

  • No indoor dining or bar service

  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.

  • Outside dining 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

  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity

  • No party buses

  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

The positivity rate in Region 2 has fluctuated in recent months, with the region currently seeing an 9.3 percent positivity rate as of Sunday, according to IDPH data. While the rate was 7.7 percent in early September, it dropped to 5 percent by early October and increased again to 7.2 percent in late October. Region 2 has also experienced a slight uptick in hospitalizations in October after leveling off the two months prior.

Restrictions will be lifted when the region records positivity rates under 6.5 percent for three days in a row,

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