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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Most Regions in Illinois Now in Phase 4 of Restore Illinois Plan

As new COVID cases continue to decline, Illinois has loosened and, in some cases, lifted the "tier" mitigation measures that were imposed in November. As of today, most of the State's regions are now in Phase 4, with no additional tier restrictions (Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, and 11 are in Phase 4). Regions 8 and 9 (Lake, McHenry, Kane, and DuPage counties) are still in Tier 1, while Region 4 (St. Louis area) is in Tier 2. You can keep up on these changes by visiting the IDPH website here. Note that on February 2nd, the Cook County Health Department recently issued an order that is stricter than the State restrictions and states that Cook County remains in Tier 1 notwithstanding the Governor's decision to move Cook County to Phase 4.

Phase 4 regulations can be found here and some of the key restrictions are summarized below:

Restaurants and Bars

  • Indoor dining and drinking now permitted for parties of up to 10 people
  • Seated areas should be arranged so that tables allow for 6 feet between parties; impermeable barriers may be installed between booths which are less than 6 feet apart

Retail and Service Counter

  • Continue capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy

Personal Care

  • Continue capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy

Indoor/Outdoor Recreation

  • Reopening select indoor recreation facilities (e.g., bowling alleys, skating rinks); indoor playgrounds and trampoline parks should remain closed
  • Indoor recreation to operate at lesser of 50 customers or 50% of facility capacity


  • Capacity limit of no more than 25% occupancy
  • Guided tours should be limited to 50 or fewer people per group

Meetings and Social Events

  • Limit to the lesser of 50 people or 50% of room capacity
  • Multiple groups may meet in the same facility if they are socially distanced and in separate rooms


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