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Posted on: November 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Illinois to Enter Tier 3 Mitigations Friday, Nov. 20


With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across Illinois, the Governor and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced today that the entire state will begin Tier 3 Mitigations to slow the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overrun. These new mitigations begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.  

This latest round of mitigations aims to limit gatherings and encourages residents to stay home as much as possible and follow proper safety measures when out in public.  

In addition to previous mitigations put in place, Tier 3 includes: 

Retail (including service counters): 

  • Operate at no more than 25% capacity, including general merchandise stores, "big box" stores that offer groceries and pharmacy, and convenience stores 
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies may operate at up to 50% capacity 
  • Encourage delivery or curbside pickup options wherever possible 
  • When in-store shopping is necessary, promote efficient trips and consistent circulation 

Personal Care Service: 

  • Operate at lesser of 25 clients or 25% capacity 
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times by clients and service providers 
  • Suspend services where a face covering cannot be worn (e.g. facials, beard trims) 
  • Physical, occupational and massage therapy allowed as deemed necessary by a medical provider, but appointments must be spaced by a minimum of 15 minutes and facilities should take steps to sanitize and circulate clean air through service rooms before and after each service 
  • Virtual consultations recommended 

Health and Fitness Centers: 

  • Operate at no more than 25% capacity 
  • No indoor group classes 
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, including while engaged in individual exercise regardless of person or machine spacing 
  • Reservations required 
  • Locker room areas should be closed 

Bars and Restaurants: 

  • All bars and restaurants close at 11 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6 a.m. the following day 
  • No indoor service 
  • All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables outside 
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed) 
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart 
  • No standing or congregating outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting 
  • No dancing or standing indoors 
  • No tables exceeding 6 people 
  • Reservations required for each party 
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table 
  • Indoor gaming terminals must suspend operations 
  • Includes private clubs and country clubs 

Meetings, social events and gatherings (including weddings, potlucks, etc.): 

  • Limit in home gatherings to household members 
  • Meeting rooms, banquet centers, private party rooms, private clubs and country clubs may not host gatherings 
  • No party buses 
  • Funerals are limited to 10 family members of the decedents, not including staff, see IDPH guidance 


  • All employees who can work remotely should work remotely 

Organized group recreational activities (sports, indoor sports and activity facilities, etc.): 

  • Pause all indoor group sporting and recreational activities including youth and adult recreational sports, individual training may remain (with facility reservation) 
  • Includes park districts and travel leagues 
  • Outdoor sports and recreation allowed 
  • Participant groups and practices outdoors limited to 10 persons or less with social distancing 
  • Face coverings required for all activities at all times 
  • Locker rooms should be closed 

Indoor recreation, theaters, cultural Institutions (e.g. casinos, bowling, arcades, movie theaters, museums and zoos): 

  • Gaming and casinos close 
  • Indoor recreation centers, including theaters, performing arts centers and indoor museums and amusement centers close 
  • Live streaming of performances encouraged with social distancing of performers and minimum operational staff 
  • Outdoor activities allowed at 25% capacity or less 
  • Outdoor group activities limited to 10 persons or less, participants/guests must wear face coverings at all times 
  • Reservations required for each guest for outdoor activities 

Additional restrictions apply to manufacturing and hotels. See the full list on the State of Illinois website: 

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