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Resurgence Mitigations

Tier 3 Mitigations Announced, Effective Nov. 20, 2020

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.
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What's impacted:
  • 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. 
Please note that local governments have the flexibility to implement additional restrictions based on the needs of their communities. As such, the City's Emergency Order directing the closure of workout facilities and dance studios takes precedence over the less restrictive requirements of the statewide Tier 3 mitigations.

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?

Is outdoor dining permitted?

Do limits on the size of gatherings apply to outdoor events?

Do the mitigations impact organized sports and recreation?

Do the mitigation measures impact indoor shopping and services?

What steps can individuals take today to reduce the spread?

How can I support Highland Park restaurants during this time?

How are indoor recreation (theaters, entertainment) impacted?

What are the impacts to personal care services?