OSWEGO, IL — Gov. J.B. Pritzker's announced Friday that some of Illinois can loosen its pandemic-related restrictions.
Three of the state's 11 coronavirus-management regions returned to Tier 2 mitigations Friday: Regions 1 and 2 (northwest Illinois) and Region 5, which covers most of southern Illinois. Region 2 includes Kendall County.
Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Pritzker imposed Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigation measures — the strictest since the stay-at-home order — across the entire state as hospitalizations and new infections exceeded their spring peak. But with one complete 14-day incubation period having passed since New Year's Eve, the governor said three regions were ready to move immediately from Tier 3 to Tier 2.
That means gaming centers, casinos and cultural institutions in those regions can reopen, while indoor fitness classes, meetings and other gatherings can restart with a 10-person limit. There is a 25-person limit on group recreational activities.
Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is still banned under Tier 2 mitigations.
Here's what Tier 2 mitigations will look like in Oswego:
Bars and Restaurants
• Suspend indoor service
• Outdoor, delivery and takeout service continues under updated hours
• No tables exceeding 6 people
• Open under Phase 4 rules
Gaming and Casinos
• Open under Phase 4 rules from Illinois Gaming Board
• Limited to registered guests
• Fitness centers closed or operating on reservation model at 25 percent capacity
• Limiting to 10 people is encouraged
Indoor Fitness Classes
• Groups limited to 10, including fitness classes
Organized Group Recreational Activities (Fitness Centers, Sports, etc.)
• Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent overall capacity indoors and outdoors
• Sports follow measures in the All Sport Guidelines
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