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IL COVID-19 Update #117 Update

By August 20, 2020No Comments


This is a supplement to yesterday’s Report #117.  You may find the initial report below.

  • Metro East Mitigation FAQs
  • Champaign Implements Second Emergency Order
  • Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Emergency Order

Metro East Mitigation FAQs

Late yesterday, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) released FAQs regarding the Metro East Rollback. The FAQs may be found here.

One clarification was not outlined in the previous report:

Can bars and restaurants allow walk-in patrons?
Bars and restaurants should take reservations for all parties entering the premises for contact tracing purposes. However, bars and restaurants can accept walk-ins provided they record the contact information of at least one person in the party.

Champaign Implements Second Emergency Order

As you are already aware, on Monday Champaign issued an emergency order regarding restaurants and taverns. Yesterday, Champaign issued another emergency order regarding businesses in general. The ordinance also penalizes consumers for not wearing masks. 

The pertinent information is as follows:

  1. Business Requirement. Any business, service, facility, or organization open to the public or employees shall require employees, customers, patrons, and other individuals on the premises who are over the age of two and medically able to tolerate a face covering to their nose and mouth with a face covering when on the premises and unable to maintain at least a six-foot social distance.
  2. Food Establishments. Businesses, services, facilities, or organizations that offer food or beverages for in-person consumption may permit employees, customers, and other individuals to remove their face coverings while eating or drinking, but must require face coverings over the nose and mouth at all other times. 
  3. Employee Duty and Reasonable Efforts. Employees and owners of businesses, services, and facilities shall have a duty to enforce the requirements of this Order, and failure to comply with and enforce this Order is a violation of this Order. Employees of the businesses, services, facilities, or organizations that take and can demonstrate reasonable efforts to require patrons and employees to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth shall be in compliance with this Order. Reasonable efforts to comply shall be determined based on the totality of the circumstances and include, but are not limited to:
    • Posting signage requiring face coverings over the nose and mouth to be worn on the premises;
    • Providing face coverings to those not wearing a face covering;
    • Giving verbal warnings to persons to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when on the premises;
    • Requesting and causing a person to leave the premises if not wearing a face covering over the nose and mouth; and
    • The quantity of persons observed to be without a face covering over the nose and mouth on the premises. 
  4. Enforcement of Individuals. Prior to taking any enforcement action under an enforcement officer or official shall first order the person to place a face covering over their nose and mouth. Failure to comply with said order in a timely manner, or subsequent removal of or allowing of a face covering to no longer cover the nose and mouth, is a violation of this Order.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Emergency Order

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) implemented an emergency order late yesterday.  The  CUPHD covers portions of both Champaign and Urbana.

The emergency order incorporates Governor Pritzker’s emergency rules regarding masks with the following exception:

  • The ordinance shall apply to individuals who shall be responsible for compliance with this rule on behalf of themselves.



  • Metro East Clarification
  • Champaign City Ordinance
  • Metro East Positivity Rate Continues to Increase
  • 3 of the 11 regions are in the danger zone
  • Today’s State numbers: 2,295 new confirmed cases with 25 deaths

IF a region meets the metrics as outlined below, the regions could be put into mitigation. The mitigation measures are outlined below.


As FAIIR members already know the Metro East has been rolled back.  The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has made some clarifications.


  1. Taverns will close at 11:00 p.m. This means consumers must be out by 11:00pm.
  2. There can be no congregating at the actual bar including no ordering or seating. 
  3. Additionally, groups can be seated at tables but tables can hold no more than 6 people and tables must still be six-feet apart. 
  4. If the facility has an outdoor option, they must still close at 11:00 p.m. This means consumers must be out by 11:00pm.


  1. Restaurants must close at 11:00 p.m. This means consumers must be out by 11:00pm.
  2. Parties are limited to six people at one table. 
  3. There must be a reservation on file for at least one member of each party including name and cell phone of that individual. This is to assist the local health department with contact tracing. 
  4. Drive-thrus, delivery and carryout may continue to operate after 11:00pm
  5. Consumers can still enter the establishment to place a carry out order or pick up an online order. Customers will need to pick up their food and go with no congregation. 
  6. Patrons will have to wear masks any time they leave their table AND any time they interact with the server(s) (e.g. order being taken, food being delivered, glasses being refilled, etc.).


  1. Meetings, social events, and gatherings will be limited to 25% of 25 people, whichever is less.

You may view all the mitigation requirements here


The City of Champaign has passed a mask ordinance. It parallels the JCAR rules that requires businesses to require consumers to wear masks but will considered to be compliant as long as the business is following Phase 4 Guidelines. It also requires the following:

  1. Patrons Must be Seated: The sale, service, and consumption of alcoholic liquor on the premises shall be allowed for seated patrons only. Standing area occupancy shall not be allowed, either in indoor or outdoor service areas. 
  2. All Patrons to be Seated: All patrons present in the establishment must have a seat in the establishment, whether a chair, booth, picnic-style table, or bar stool, and must remain seated except for the limited and temporary purposes such as:
    • Patrons may stand only for limited purposes, including using the restroom, placing an order at a designated service area, picking up an order for carry out, or to enter or exit the establishment. These limited purposes do not include eating or drinking. 
    • No more than two (2) patrons may stand to use any individual arcade game, dart board, pool table, or similar bar game or entertainment device at a time. Patrons must return to their seats when their use of the game concludes. Any patron that is standing must be wearing a face covering over the nose and mouth. 
  3. Enforcement: Security Cameras. Pursuant to the investigation of a specific
    complaint, or upon the observation or reasonable belief of any enforcement officer or official that an unsafe or unsanitary environment exists or recently existed, any liquor establishment must provide immediate and unrestricted access to footage from its security camera systems upon request by the Champaign Police or Fire Department, or by any authorized agent of the City of Champaign Liquor Commissioner’s Office, or Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
  4. Entry Age: Effective beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 19, 2020, the entry age for all liquor establishments holding a Class A license shall be 21 and over after 9:00 p.m. each day. Licensees must cause any patrons under the age of 21 to leave the premises at such time.
  5. Notice Requirements: The Licensee shall prominently post such requirements regarding seating and face coverings at the entrance to each liquor establishment AND upon any table for the seating of patrons.
  6. Violation: A violation of the ordinance is a $750 fine. 


In the last 24 hours there has been 2,295 new confirmed cases and 25 deaths. 

IDPH is reporting a total of 211,889 cases, to date, including 7,806 deaths. 

The state has conducted 3,489,571 tests to-date.  

Additional information can be found here. COVID-19 stats by zip code can be found here.


In order for Chicago to move to the Moderate Incidence risk level which will allow the city to open up capacity to 50% and allow gatherings of up to 100 people, it has to get below 100 new cases per day and stay there for 14 days.

The per day averages citywide as of August 18th are 318 confirmed cases, 4,683 tests completed, and 2 deaths (based on a 7 day rolling average).

To date, there has been 66,672 confirmed cases in the City of Chicago with 2,831 confirmed deaths and a 6.8% positivity rate.

Additional information may be found here where you may select different data points such as zip code, ethnicity, age, gender, cases, tests, death, etc.


If the regions meet the metrics outlined below, then they COULD be subject to restrictions or mitigations outlined HERE

You may find the regional metrics HERE.

Danger regions are marked in RED.

RegionPositivity Increases (7 Day Avg)

Hospital Admissions (7 Day Avg.)

<20% Med  Surge Capacity<20%

 ICU Surge 


> 8% Positivity

 Rate (3 cons. days)
1. North

2144%54%0 (3.8%)
2. North Central6243%46%0 (5.5%)
3. West Central5138%45%0 (6.1%)
4. Metro East9333%43%4(9.5%)
5. Southern4250%54%0(7.1%)
6. East Central1340%

46%0 (2.2%)
7. South Suburban5532%35%0 (7.2%)
8. West Suburban4134%45%0 (5.1%)
9. North Suburban4142%57%0 (5.6%)
10. Suburban Cook4331%37%0 (6.4%)
11. Chicago3329%43%0 (5.1%)


As you are aware from FAIIR’s last notice, the Administration will now use the following metrics to determine whether or not a region is moving forward or backward. 

  1. Sustained increase in 7-day rolling average (7 out of 10-days) in the positivity rate and ONE of the following severity indicators:
    • Sustained 7-day increase in hospital admissions for a COVID-19 like illness;
    • Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities (ICU capacity or medical/surgical beds < 20%)


2. Three consecutive days averaging ≥ 8% positivity rate


  1. NORTH: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago
  2. NORTH-CENTRAL: Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Woodford
  3. WEST-CENTRAL: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott
  4. METRO EAST: Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington
  5. SOUTHERN: Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson
  6. EAST-CENTRAL: Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion
  7. SOUTH SUBURBAN: Kankakee, Will
  8. WEST SUBURBAN: DuPage, Kane
  9. NORTH SUBURBAN: Lake, McHenry
  10. SUBURBAN COOK: Suburban Cook
  11. CHICAGO: City of Chicago


Once a region meets the resurgence criteria, the following tiered menu of mitigation options will be considered. If sustained increases in health metrics continue unabated, further mitigations could be added from additional tiers.

Bars and RestaurantsReduced indoor dining and suspend indoor bar serviceSuspend indoor dining and bar serviceSuspend in-person dining; takeout only
OfficesInstitute remote work for high risk individuals; continued emphasis on telework for as many workers as possibleReduce office capacity with recommendations to resume remote work where possibleInstitute remote work for all non-essential workers
GymsReduce indoor capacitySuspend organized indoor recreational activitiesSuspend organized indoor and outdoor recreational activities
RetailReduce in-person capacitySuspend in-person non-essential retail; online and curbside pick-up available for allSuspend all non-essential retail; only essential retail open (i.e. grocery stores, pharmacies)
Salon and Personal CareInstitute temporary location shutdown tied to outbreakInstitute temporary location shutdown tied to outbreak with possible broader mitigationsSuspend salon and personal care operations

The metrics and mitigation information may be found HERE.