Closure of the indoor bar and catering service in ‘Region 6’ from Monday


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NEXSTAR) – Officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health have informed state lawmakers that the Pritzker administration is planning to order bars and restaurants in Region 6 to shut down domestic service in as of Monday morning, according to informed sources during a coronavirus update call on Friday morning.

Regional public health data is usually updated on the state’s website around noon, but recent trends have shown rising rates in the number of patients testing positive and falling ill enough to be hospitalized with COVID-19.

In recent weeks, the IDPH has stopped counting coronavirus tests performed on the University of Illinois campus and has separated those results from the rest of Region 6.

“They do so many repetitive surveillance tests just at U of I that if you include U of I in the region’s test positivity rate, their positivity rate is much lower,” explained Friday morning, Pritzker’s press secretary, Jordan Abudayyeh. “So that masks the real issues, because they’re testing the same people multiple times a week in huge numbers, so it mitigates what’s really going on in the county and in the region. “

The public health region includes Champaign, Decatur, Danville and extends to Clay County, where a local judge has said the governor’s continued use of emergency powers is an overstepping of his constitutional authorities.

Asked how this pending case might change state law enforcement in Clay County, Abudayyeh said, “We’re not doing anything different from what we’ve done in other places. It will simply be applied the way it is applied.

State police on Wednesday announced that officers had issued a total of four citations to companies in Bond, Madison, Macoupin and Monroe counties, which defied state restrictions on coronaviruses. Fines for defying state orders could cost a company up to $ 2,500, but Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly said no one would be arrested.

Region 3 is preparing for a similar stop from Sunday. A press release issued Thursday by the Pritzker administration described the new restrictions, which are widely enforced by local law enforcement and state police.

Bars

  • No domestic service
  • All outdoor bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
  • All bar patrons must be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating or gathering at the bar (bar stools must be removed)
  • Tables should be spaced 6 feet apart
  • No standing or gathering inside or outside while waiting for a table or going out
  • No dancing or standing inside
  • Reservations required for each evening
  • No seating of multiple parties at a table

Restaurants

  • No indoor food service or bar
  • All outdoor meals close at 11:00 p.m.
  • Outdoor dining tables should be spaced 6 feet apart
  • No standing or gathering inside or outside while waiting for a table or going out
  • Reservations required for each evening
  • No seating of multiple parties at a table

Meetings, social events, gatherings

  • Limit to less than 25 guests or 25% of the overall room capacity
  • No party bus
  • Games and casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25% of capacity, and follow mitigation measures for bars and restaurants where applicable

These mitigation measures do not apply to schools or polling stations.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.



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