Region 6 that includes Fayette, Clay counties, placed under increased COVID restrictions

Governor JB Pritzker announced Friday the increased restrictions in Region 6 of the state, which includes Fayette and Clay counties.

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 6—East-Central Illinois—beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, making it the 10th of 11 regions to be under increased restrictions.

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.

Mitigation measures include indoor dining and bar service being halted and indoor gatherings will be restricted to fewer than 25 people.

Bars

  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11 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 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 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

These mitigations do not currently apply to schools.

The administration says it continues to provide relief for small businesses impacted by the ongoing pandemic, distributing more than $32 million in emergency grants and assistance to Region 6 alone.

Moving forward, businesses in Region 6, as well as other regions currently under additional mitigations, will receive priority consideration for the current round of the historic Business Interruption Grants (BIG) program.

To date, through BIG, more than $42 million has been directed to regions currently under mitigations or where mitigations will soon take effect.

IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says we are on the precipice of the entire state entering into mitigation, noting the last few regions have seen rapid increases in test positivity, one right after another, because of increasing disease spread throughout our communities.

We need all people to adhere to both the community mitigation measures and well as personal and family measures so we can swiftly turn our entire state around.