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2 More Illinois Regions, Including 4 Chicago-Area Counties, Move to Phase 4 Mitigations

The move brings all but one Illinois region back to Phase 4 of the state's reopening guidelines

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Two more Illinois regions have moved to Phase 4 mitigations this week, health officials announced Wednesday.

Regions 8 and 9 - which include DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties in the Chicago area - were able to further loosen restrictions Wednesday after meeting the required guidelines, the Illinois Department of Public Health said.

The move brings all but one Illinois region back to Phase 4 of the state's reopening guidelines after the state began allowing regions to move forward in mid-January.

On Tuesday, Region 10, which holds suburban Cook County, moved to Phase 4 while Region 7, which includes Will and Kankakee counties, moved to Phase 4 Monday. The city of Chicago entered a modified version of the phase over the weekend.

Region 4, located in southwest Illinois, remains in Tier 2 and is the only Illinois region not currently under Phase 4 mitigations.

In order for a region to move to Phase 4 mitigations, it must meet three key criteria. It must have a positivity rate of 6.5% or better for three consecutive days, an ICU bed availability of 20% or greater for three consecutive days, and it must show decreases or stability in hospitalizations for COVID on seven of the preceding 10 days.

When a region moves from Tier 1 mitigations to Phase 4, indoor service at bars can resume, with an occupancy limit of 25% or 25 people, whichever is lower. Up to six people can be at a table at a time, according to the coronavirus rules imposed by the state.

Bars and restaurants must stop serving alcohol at 11 p.m., and must be closed by midnight under Phase 4 mitigations.

Here's a full list of Phase 4 guidelines:

• Indoor dining and drinking now permitted for parties of up to 10 people
• Seated areas should be arranged so that tables allow for 6 feet between parties; impermeable barriers may be installed between booths which are less than 6 feet apart

• Continue capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy

• Continue capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy

• Reopening select indoor recreation facilities (e.g., bowling alleys, skating rinks); indoor playgrounds and trampoline parks should remain closed
• Indoor recreation to operate at lesser of 50 customers or 50% of facility capacity

• Capacity limit of no more than 25% occupancy
• Guided tours should be limited to 50 or fewer people per group

• Limit to the lesser of 50 people or 50% of room capacity
• Multiple groups may meet in the same facility if they are socially distanced and in separate rooms

IDPH said it will continue to closely monitor metrics in the state. 

"Should data show regions trending in the wrong direction, based on the established mitigation metrics, regions could once again find themselves in a higher tier with increased measures," the department said.

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