Chicago : Tighten restrictions in Will and Kankakee counties after COVID-19 cases spike – .

The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced a series of new mitigation efforts and restrictions for areas of Will and Kankakee County as it experiences a significant spike in coronavirus cases.

Governor JB Pritzker announced Monday that new mitigation efforts will go into effect for Region 7 on Wednesday, August 26.

Region 7 includes Will and Kankakee Counties.

During the last three days in Region 7 there have been rates of positivity higher than 8%, which caused the new restrictions to be automatically activated.

Those new restrictions include the closing of bars, restaurants and casinos in the region at 11 pm, suspension of party bus service and reducing the size of meetings to 25 people or 25% of the establishment quota.

The new restrictions imposed on bars and restaurants will remain in effect for 14 days and includes:

• They will not be able to attend and serve customers inside bars and restaurants
• Bars that serve customers outdoors must close at 11:00 pm
• All customers of the bar or restaurant must sit at outdoor tables
• No ordering, sitting, meeting or waiting for an order in the bar area
• Tables should be 6 feet apart.
• Do not gather in a group while waiting for a table
• Dancing or congregating inside establishments is not allowed
• Prior reservation required
• Groups cannot be seated at tables

The increase in the positivity rate is one of the numbers that can automatically trigger additional restrictions, along with the increase in hospital admissions, ICU availability, and bed availability.

See the map of cases by county in Illinois here.