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Tier 2 Resurgence Mitigations Effective in Cook County

On Monday, December 18, Governor Pritzker announced that Region 10, which includes suburban Cook County, will be moving to Tier 2 COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations. The movement to a lesser tier signals a sustained reduction in the COVID-19 positivity rate and is one step closer to returning to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.

New mitigation requirements include:

Bars and Restaurants

  • All bars and restaurants close at 11 pm and may reopen no earlier than 6 am the following day

  • No indoor service

  • All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables outside

  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bars (bar stools should be removed)

  • Tables should be 6 feet apart

  • No tables exceeding 6 people

  • Reservations required for each party

  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

  • Includes private clubs and country clubs

Meetings, Social Gatherings & Events

  • Limit to 10 guests in both indoor and outdoor settings

  • Applicable to professional, cultural, and social group gatherings.

  • Not applicable to students participating in in-person classroom learning or sports.

  • This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general Phase 4 business guidance such as office, personal care, retail, etc.

  • Hotel room occupancy should be limited to registered guests only, with the maximum allowance being the number of individuals permissible per existing fire code for each applicable guest room

  • Hotel fitness centers should be closed, or operated only on a reservation model with capacity limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy for the room

  • No party buses

Organized Group Recreation Activities (including sports and fitness centers)

  • Recreation and sporting facilities limit to either 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors & outdoors, whichever is less

  • No groups of more than 10, including fitness classes, but multiple groups are allowed if separated by impermeable barriers and within overall facility capacity limits

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times in fitness centers, including while engaged in individual exercise regardless of person or machine spacing

  • Sports should follow the mitigation measures set forth in the Winter Update to the All Sport Guidelines, which outlines appropriate levels of practice and competition based on individual sport risk

  • Outdoor Activities (not included in the above exposure settings) continue per current DCEO guidance

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