A sustained increase in COVID-19 test positivity rates in our region has triggered additional restrictions for DuPage and Kane Counties beginning Friday, Oct. 23. Under the State’s Restore Illinois plan, several metrics – including an average positivity rate for COVID-19 tests of 8% or greater for three or more consecutive days – trigger state actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The additional restrictions that will begin on Friday, Oct. 23, include:
- No indoor dining at restaurants and bars.
- Reservations required for each party for outdoor dining.
- No seating of multiple parties at one table.
- No standing or congregating while waiting for an outdoor table.
- Outdoor dining closes no later than 11:00 p.m.
- Gatherings limited to the lesser of either 25 people or 25% overall room capacity for meetings/social events/gatherings.
Carry-out orders, curbside pickup service, and outdoor dining (with reservations) are still allowed under the new restrictions.
In order for these restrictions to be lifted, the region must reach a daily positivity rate for 6.5% or lower for three consecutive days. However, if our region maintains a positivity rate of 8% or greater for 14 days, additional state restrictions will go into place. More information about the resurgence mitigations is available through the State’s COVID-19 website at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan.
You can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community by following the guidance of the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health with the three W’s:
- Wear a mask.
- Watch your distance from people outside your household.
- Wash your hands frequently.
For additional resources on COVID-19, please visit www.wheaton.il.us/COVID-19.