SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – With the state of Illinois launching multiple health care staffing contracts to increase hospital staffing, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is adjusting its mitigation metrics to reflect the additional staff. Region 6 has met the metrics to move to Tier 1, with the primary benefit being that indoor dining is once again allowed.
Region 6 comprises Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby and Vermillion counties in Illinois.
Under Teir 1 mitigation:
• All bars and restaurants close at 11 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6 a.m, the
• Indoor service is limited to the lesser of 25 guests or 25% capacity per room.
• Establishments offering indoor service must serve food.
• Indoor service reservations limited to two-hour maximum duration and a maximum of
four persons per party (dining only with members of the same household
• All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables.
• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed).
• Tables should be six feet apart.
• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting.
• No dancing or standing indoors.
• Reservations required for each party.
• No seating of multiple parties at one table.
• Includes private clubs and country clubs.
As for meetings and social gatherings:
• Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity, both indoors and outdoors.
• Applicable to professional, cultural and social group gatherings.
• Not applicable to students participating 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.
• No party buses.
In order to move to Tier 1 mitigations, a region must meet the following metrics:
1) A test positivity rate between 6.5 and 8% for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average.
2) 20% available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 7-day rolling average.
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.
“Hospital leaders have made clear the importance of staffing in their continued response to this pandemic and conveyed that staffing contracts will be extraordinarily valuable in their ability to meet the needs of their communities,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We are pleased to see most of our regions move out of Tier 3 mitigations with this change, and it is critical that we maintain this progress. With new variants of COVID-19 spreading, it is more important than ever to follow the public health guidance that keeps people safe – wear and mask and watch your distance.”