On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced Tier 3 mitigations for all Regions of the state. The Executive Order is available here. Current statewide data indicates that key COVID-19 metrics, including cases and hospitalizations, are rising along an exponential and unsustainable trajectory. IDPH projections indicate that without interventions from policymakers and individuals, hospitalizations and intensive care occupancy could reach five times the levels Illinois experienced in spring.
- Retail businesses may operate at 25% of capacity, a reduction from the current 50% capacity limit. Grocery stores may still operate at 50% capacity.
- Personal care businesses may operate at 25% capacity, and employees and customers must wear face coverings. Services for which a face covering cannot be worn are suspended.
- Indoor recreation centers, museums, theatres, and casinos must close.
- All indoor organized group sporting and recreational activities are suspended. Outdoor activities may continue if face coverings are worn and group size is limited.
- Meeting rooms, banquet centers, private party rooms, private clubs, and country clubs may not host gatherings.
- Employers are urged to allow employees to work from home as much as possible.
- Illinoisans are strongly advised to avoid gatherings with people from other households.
- In Highland Park: Workout facilities and dance studios are closed beginning at 11:59 PM on November 17, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The FAQ below has been updated to reflect the Tier 3 mitigation measures that will be implemented on November 20, 2020. Click here to download the full FAQ from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Please note that this document does not reflect the City's Emergency Order directing the closure of workout facilities.
Are drive-thru, take-out or delivery services impacted?
No. Mitigations do not restrict drive-thru, take-out or delivery options for restaurants.
Is outdoor dining permitted?
Yes, outdoor dining is permitted in accordance with the guidelines. Tables are required to be a minimum of 6' apart. Tents may be used provided two sides of the tent are up to provide adequate airflow.
Reservations are required, and patrons will need to provide contact information to the restaurant. According to the guidelines, restaurants may accept walk-up reservations, but again, contact information will need to be provided. Please understand that this is a state requirement.
Do limits on the size of gatherings apply to outdoor events?
Yes. Under Tier 3 Mitigations and the City's own local order, indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 individuals. This includes gatherings at home.
Do the mitigations impact organized sports and recreation?
Under Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations and local orders, the following restrictions to organized sports and recreation apply
- Workout facilities (fitness, exercise, dance facilities and studios) are closed
- Outdoor classes may continue with proper social distancing, face coverings, and a maximum limit of 10 individuals.
- Trainers may provide virtual and livestreamed classes or training from their facilities, provided there are no other individuals in the room while filming.
On November 17, 2020, the City directed the closure of all indoor workout facilities, including fitness, exercise, and dance facilities and studios. The order is effective Tuesday, November 17 at 11:59 PM, and will remain in effect for the next thirty days, unless otherwise directed. Click here to view the Order and read more.
Do the mitigation measures impact indoor shopping and services?
Yes. Impacts depend on the type of retail business.
For retail and general merchandise stores that are not primarily engaged in the sale of groceries or medicinal drugs (pharmacies):
- Limited to 25% capacity
- Face coverings required
- Includes "Big Box" stores selling groceries and other items
For grocery stores and pharmacies:
- Limited to 50% capacity
- Face coverings required
What steps can individuals take today to reduce the spread?
- Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth
- Watch your distance and stay six feet from others
- Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid large gatherings
- Limit social gatherings, especially indoor gatherings
- Avoid inviting individuals from outside your household to your home, except for essential needs such as home health care
- Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, if you're waiting for COVID-19 test results, or if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
- Get your flu shot
How can I support Highland Park restaurants during this time?
How are indoor recreation (theaters, entertainment) impacted?
All indoor recreation activities such as casinos, movie theaters, museums, bowling alleys and video gaming terminals must close. Outdoor facilities (such as zoos or museums with outdoor exhibits) may continue to operate at 25% capacity if they choose.
What are the impacts to personal care services?
Personal care services (spas, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, etc.) may open at a maximum capacity of 25%. Employees and clients must wear face coverings at all times.
Services that require the patron to remove their face covering are not permitted. Examples include facials and beard trimmings.
Spa body services (body scrubs, body wraps, etc.) should not be provided. Massage therapy and other body treatments are allowed if deemed necessary by a medical provider. Appointments must be spaced by a minimum of 15 minutes and facilities should sanitize and circulate clean air before and after each service.