New COVID-19 restrictions require Illinois museums to close

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates

LAWRENCEVILLE, Il. (WTWO/ WAWV) — As part of the new COVID-19 restrictions announced Tuesday, some venues such as museums must close in Illinois.

The restrictions go into effect Friday and include tighter capacity limits at businesses and the closure of all museums, theaters and casinos.

The Lawrence County Historical Society has not been fully opened since March, according to its president Mike Neal.

“The vitality of our organization really depends upon public awareness and the support that generates,” Neal said. “So, in terms of membership and financial support, not having our facilities opened and being able to schedule regular activities has really hurt us and I think it will continue to do so.”

Lawrenceville Mayor Don Wagner said while these times are difficult he hopes social distancing and mask-wearing will allow closed businesses to reopen sooner rather than later.

“We will follow orders as long as we are told to do so,” Wagner said. “But I understand people have a living to make too and they have to take care of their families.”

Neal said he is thankful for the community’s support of the historical society.

“We’ve had individuals come through for us and we are obviously very, very thankful for that,” he said.

These new restrictions also require retail stores, personal care services and health and fitness centers to operate at 25 percent capacity.

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