KANE COUNTY, IL — Restaurants and bars in Kane and DuPage counties will be forced to suspend indoor service starting Friday after a surge in coronavirus cases in the region over the past few weeks.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday that Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties) and Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties) will face enhanced coronavirus restrictions after positivity rates there surpassed 8 percent for three consecutive days.
Those restrictions include a ban on indoor service at restaurants and bars, as well as a 25-person limit on any gatherings in those four counties, Pritzker said.
Restrictions will be lifted when the region records positivity rates under 6.5 percent for three days in a row, while public health officials will add more restrictions if the regional positivity rate remains above 8 percent for 14 days in a row.
Pritzker said his administration will give priority consideration to businesses in regions facing new restrictions through its $220 million Business Interruption Grants program.
“The new wave of the virus is disrupting small businesses in these regions,” Pritzker said.
Pritzker urged residents to wear masks, wash their hands and keep their distance as flu season starts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“As cold weather approaches and flu season is upon us, we’re going to see the rippling effects of these current unfortunate trends,” Pritzker said, warning that “the massive surge of cases in our neighboring states will continue to have a spillover effect.”
“There is no easy fix for the effects of this virus on our economy and on our public health.” Pritzker continued. “But we can, and we will, manage through this.”
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