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Region 1 can move to tier 2 COVID-19 mitigations effective immediately

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CHICAGO (WREX) — Region 1 can now move back into tier 2 mitigations for COVID-19.

The state announced on Friday that Region 1, along with regions 2 and 5, has met all the metrics to have COVID-19 mitigations relaxed from tier 3 to tier 2, effective immediately.

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The move into tier 2 mitigations still means no indoor dining, but there are several changes.

In tier 2, cultural institutions, gaming/casinos and offices still open. Meetings/events, indoor fitness classes and gatherings outside of the household are all limited 10 people.

Hotels can now take registered guests. Group recreation activities can now allow up to 25 people.

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The region will now move towards moving to tier 1 mitigations before moving back into Phase 4 and eventually, Phase 5, the state's Restore Illinois Plan.

In order to move to Tier 1 mitigations, a region must meet the following metrics: 

  1. A test positivity rate below 8 percent for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND  
  2. Greater than or equal to 20 percent available staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 3-day rolling average; AND  
  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.

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In order to move to Phase 4, a region must meet the following metrics: 

  1. A test positivity rate less than or equal to 6.5 percent for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND  
  2. Greater than or equal to 20 percent available staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 3-day rolling average; AND  
  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.

The governor also announced an update to tier 1 mitigations, which will allow limited indoor dining. Before, indoor dining was only allowed under Phase 4, but now, it will be allowed in tier 1 mitigations.

You can view the full set of changes below.

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