Gatherings now capped at 10 in local Illinois counties

Gatherings now capped at 10 in local Illinois counties
(Source: WFIE)

ILLINOIS (WFIE) - Governor Pritzker and health officials announced additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts that will be implemented Nov. 11 in Region 5, which includes all four of our local counties - White, Wayne, Wabash and Edwards.

The mitigations will also be implemented in Regions 7 and 8.

The mitigation measures taking effect Nov. 11 include the following:

Bars and Restaurants

  • Reduce party size from 10 to six individuals

Meetings, Social Events and Gatherings

  • Maximum indoor/outdoor gathering size of 10 individuals
  • Applicable to professional, cultural and social group gatherings
  • This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general business guidance, such as office, retail, etc.
  • Not applicable to students participating in-person classroom learning
  • Not applicable to sports, see sports guidance

Organized Group Recreational Activities

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors
  • Groups limited to 10 individuals or fewer
  • Does not apply to fitness centers

These mitigations do not apply to schools.

Officials say Region 5 is seeing an average positivity rate of 11.5%, with more than twice as many COVID-19 patients entering a hospital each day compared to the summer peak in late August.

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Regions 5, 7, and 8 to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place.

The state of Illinois reports 498,560 total positive COVID-19 cases and 10,210 deaths.

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

  • Wayne County - 642 cases, 20 deaths
  • White County - 360 cases, 5 death
  • Wabash County - 330 cases, 6 deaths
  • Edwards County - 135 cases

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