Effective Friday: No indoor bar, restaurant service or gatherings with over 25 people in Chicago

Effective Friday: No Indoor bar or restaurant service or gatherings over 25 people in Chicago
Bartender wearing mask and serving drinks. Photo credit MaximFesenko/Getty Images

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday announced new coronavirus restrictions for Chicago that include an end to indoor bar and restaurant service and a ban on any gatherings larger than 25 people. The restrictions will be implemented in Region 11, the city of Chicago, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday.

“We can’t ignore what is happening around us – because without action, this could look worse than anything we saw in the spring. So please, no matter where you live, what your politics are, where you work or who you love: Illinois: mask up! And we’ll get through this together," Pritzker said during Tuesday's daily COVID-19 press briefing.

The governor said Region 11 is now averaging more than twice as many COVID-19--related hospital admissions per day as it was a month ago and that the positivity rate has nearly doubled since the beginning of the month.

Chicago has an average number of 798 daily coronavirus cases, Dr. Allison Arwardy, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said during her Tuesday briefing.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported 4,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 46 additional deaths. Six of those deaths occurred in Cook County, which houses Chicago and is the state’s most populous county. In the last 24 hours, the governor halted indoor dining in suburban Cook County as well.

Mitigation measures in Region 11 include:

Bars 
No indoor service
All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
All bar 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 indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
No dancing or standing indoors
Reservations required for each party No seating of multiple parties at one table

Restaurants 
No indoor dining or bar service
All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
Reservations required for each party
No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 
Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
No party buses
Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

These mitigations do not apply to schools or polling places and come after Florida was added earlier that day to Chicago's mandatory travel quarantine order, and Michigan was placed on a "warning" list. Anyone traveling to Florida or any state on the travel quarantine order will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot last week enforced a two-week business curfew running from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. that became effective Friday for all non-essential businesses in an effort to reduce the surge in cases.

In the last 24 hours, the governor halted indoor dining in suburban Cook County as well.