No indoor dining, bar service after mitigations placed on Kane, DuPage counties to slow spread of COVID-19

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KANE COUNTY – Gov. JB Pritzker announced more restrictions for Region 8, which includes Kane and DuPage counties, to slow the recent surge of COVID-19 infections. The restrictions go into effect on Friday.

In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Pritzker announced that indoor dining and bar service will be prohibited, and gatherings will be limited to 25 people.

As of Tuesday, the West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 10 days of positivity increases in the past 10 days and five days of hospital admission increases in the past 10 days. The region’s positivity rate increased from 8.5% to 9.0%. Currently, 34% of medical/surgical beds and 44% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s rolling seven-day positivity average increased from 10.9% to 11.9%.

The Tier 1 restrictions will be in effect for at least two weeks, and the region must have a positivity rate of 6.5% or lower for three consecutive days before they’re lifted. Additional restrictions may be put into place if the positivity rate remains at 8% or increases during the 14 days of initial mitigations.

The new mitigations do not affect gyms, sports, salons or non-essential retail. Tier 2 and Tier 3 mitigations could further limit gatherings and temporarily shutter gyms, salons, in-person shopping for non-essential retail and limit elective surgeries at hospitals.

St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina said at Monday night’s City Council meeting that the city would abide by the state’s order if additional restrictions were placed on the region.

“We will enforce that,” he said. “We have taken the position that we will follow the governor’s orders.”

Margaret Perreault, president and CEO of Batavia Chamber of Commerce, said in an email that the Chamber is “proud” of how local businesses have operated during the pandemic.

“Their actions in March, when first restricted, prove that our businesses are resilient,” she stated. “We are ready to help them pivot once again. The Batavia Chamber of Commerce is here to support all businesses with increased visibility and will diligently work to assist them on arduous journey caused by the pandemic.”

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October 20, 2020 at 02:48PM

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