New COVID-19 restrictions began Thursday in Region 5 of Illinois

New COVID-19 restrictions began Thursday in Region 5 of Illinois

ILLINOIS (WFIE) - New restrictions rolled out Thursday in Region Five of Illinois, which covers all of its counties in our area.

Here is Governor Pritzker’s Thursday briefing where similar restrictions were announced for Region 1.

The new restrictions come just as many were getting used to being able to go back to bars and restaurants.

[Related: Breaking down COVID-19 county metrics maps]

Bars and restaurants are now temporarily closed for inside dining and bar service.

“I understand COVID; I know it’s dangerous and I understand all that,” life-long Carmi resident Whitney Williams shared. “But, enough is enough.”

[Full list of restrictions taking effect in Region 5]

With the new restrictions, gatherings must now be 25 guests or less, or 25% of overall room capacity.

Restaurants and bars can only have outdoor services with social distancing, and they have to close by 11 p.m.

“It’s going to hurt a lot of small businesses,” Williams added.

This is difficult for all business owners, but especially for one who just recently opened in Mount Carmel.

“I was pretty upset about it because we have struggled trying to bring this back to life," Vikram Singh, owner of Vick’s Bread and Brew said. "Struggling trying to keep this business going.”

In the coming days, the Illinois Department of Public Health will reevaluate the situation and determine how to move forward based on the percentage of COVID-19 cases in the area.

[Illinois Coronavirus Website]

Here are the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths reported in our area:

  • Wayne County - 473 cases, 12 deaths
  • White County - 256 cases, 2 death
  • Wabash County - 223 cases, 5 deaths
  • Edwards County - 101 cases

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