COVID-19 | Illinois under new COVID-19 mitigations beginning Friday

By CAYSON FRERICHS, News Reporter

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday, Nov. 17, that the state of Illinois will be under new COVID-19 mitigations starting Friday, Nov. 25.

All regions will follow Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations which aim to limit gatherings and encourage the public to stay home as much as possible.

This comes as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 12,601 new confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus in the state on Tuesday.

Coronavirus cases continue to surge across the state with statewide positivity rate record highs and hospitalizations higher than in the spring, according to IDPH.

The new mitigations will impact:

  • Retail
  • Personal Care Service
  • Health and Fitness Centers
  • Hotels
  • Manufacturing
  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Meetings and Social Events
  • Offices
  • Organized Group Recreation Activities
  • Indoor Recreation, Theater, Cultural Institutions

Pritzker stated that this is not a stay-at-home order, he said “it’s our best effort to avoid a stay-at-home order and save lives.”

Schools should continue to follow the guidelines released by the IDPH and ISBE.

Child care facilities should operate under the guidance of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). 

For more information regarding the new mitigations, go to coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan.