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On January 18, the state announced that several regions in Illinois, including ours, met the requirements to move back into Tier 2, which provides less restrictive mitigation efforts.
The chart to the right from the Governor's office, highlights the primary differences between the three tiers. Most notably, in Tier 2 organized group recreational activities are now allowed with a limit of lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall capacity both indoors and outdoors, including sports. While decreased COVID-19 positivity rates have led to decreased mitigations, please note indoor dining is not available until Tier 1.
In order to move to Tier 1 Mitigation Measures, our region will need to meet the following criteria:
1) A test positivity rate between 6.5 and 8% for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND
2) Greater than 20% available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 7-day rolling average; AND
3) No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.
For more information, as well as vaccination information, please visit the IDPH website.