SPRINGFIELD — On Tuesday, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that all regions will go into Tier 3 resurgence mitigations this Friday.
“To stop this spread and preserve some semblance of the holidays, all of us need to do more than just wear our masks now – though masks are mandatory throughout the state. The simple fact is that COVID-19 is spreading so quickly and so widely, and our hospitals are beginning to experience real strain and at the current infection rate they will be overwhelmed. So whenever possible, we need you to stay home,” Pritzker said in a release.
Four of Illinois’s 11 regions are already under Tier 2 mitigation with the rest under Tier 1.
Illinois residents are urged to stay home as much as possible and celebrate upcoming holidays with members of their household. Illinoisans over the age of two years are required to wear a face covering when out in public and social distancing is not easily achievable. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or who may have been in contact with someone exhibiting symptoms should seek out testing and quarantine at home; anyone who has tested positive for the virus should isolate at home as directed by their physician or local health department.
Though not a stay-at-home order like this past spring has not been issued, the state said that if the mitigations are not followed and cases continue to rise, another order may be required. For all regions, additional mitigation measures taking effect Friday, Nov. 20, include guidance for the following settings and industries:
- Personal Car Services
- Health and Fitness Centers
- Bars and Restaurants
- Meetings and Social Events
- Organized Group Recreational Activities
- Indoor Recreation, Theater, Cultural Institutions
Tier 3 restrictions are available at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan.
Grocery stores across the state will remain open and available.
Child care facilities may continue to operate subject to guidelines from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. School districts should continue to follow state guidance and make decisions related to in-person and remote learning at the local level.
“There is no denying that the state is headed in the wrong direction with increased cases, hospitalizations, and deaths,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “There also is no denying that reducing the opportunities for the virus to spread can reverse our direction. This includes staying home as much as possible, wearing a mask and keeping social distance when we do have to go out, and not gathering with people outside our households. Until a vaccine is widely available and people understand the importance of being vaccinated, we must continue to take preventive actions to stop the transmission of the virus. Right now, our preventive actions are the best way to prevent new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.”
IDPH reported 12,601 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, including 97 additional deaths, on Tuesday. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Nov. 10 – Nov. 16 is 12.5%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Nov. 10 – Nov. 16 is 14.5%.
The governor’s office stated that COVID-19 was spreading “exponentially” across the state and hospitalization has surpassed the peak in spring.