More COVID-19 Restrictions Coming to Local Illinois Counties

On Monday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced new COVID-19 restrictions that would be in effect in southern Illinois as of Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Posted: Nov 9, 2020 3:15 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2020 3:43 PM

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker says new COVID-19 restrictions are coming to Region 5 of Illinois, which includes Wabash, White, Gallatin, Hardin, Edwards, Saline, Hamilton, Lawrence, Richland, and Wayne counties.

Gov. Pritzker announced the new COVID-19 restrictions on Monday and said they'd be in effect as of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The new restrictions being implemented include: 

Bars and Restaurants:

  • Reduce party size from 10 to six individuals

Meetings, Social Events, and Gatherings:

  • Maximum indoor/outdoor gathering size of 10 individuals
    • Applicable to professional, cultural, and social group gatherings
    • This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general business guidance, such as office, retail, etc.
    • Not applicable to students participating in in-person classroom learning
    • Not applicable to sports, see sports guidance

Organized Group Recreational Activities:

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors
  • Groups limited to 10 individuals or fewer
  • Does not apply to fitness centers

According to Pritzker, the new COVID-19 restrictions, which are also being implemented within Regions 5, 7, and 8 of the state, are being implemented due to the high test positivity rate in the areas.

The new COVID-19 restrictions going into effect on Wednesday do not apply to schools.

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