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Illinois Region 7 returns to Phase 4 of Restore Illinois Plan

JOLIET, Ill. (WREX) — Indoor dining and bars will reopen Friday night in Region 7 as it returns to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced.

"We can’t outrun this virus, but with the tools we know to work – masks, distancing, handwashing, and respect for public health and each other – we can beat it back enough to keep our businesses open and our neighborhoods safer all at once," Gov. Pritzker said. "Don’t let up now, Region 7 – let’s keep this success going.”

Additional mitigation efforts went into effect on August 26 after the region saw three consecutive days of a positivity rate above 8 percent.

Region 4 is the only region in Illinois under additional mitigations as its seven-day positivity rate is still above 8 percent.

IDPH monitors each region's positivity rate, hospital admissions and hospital capacity to determine if additional mitigation measures need to be put into place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Jena Kleindl

Jena joined the WREX team in May 2020 as the Assignment Editor and News Producer. She was born and raised in Freeport. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2020.

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