BLOOMINGTON — Limited indoor dining is allowed once again in McLean County. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Sunday that Region 2 of the Restore Illinois mitigation plan has met the metrics to move out of Tier 2 mitigations and into Tier 1 mitigations.
Region 2 includes McLean, Livingston, LaSalle, Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and 14 other counties.
Under Tier 1, indoor service is limited to 25% capacity of a restaurant or bar that serves food or 25 persons per room; and no tables exceeding four people indoors. Outdoor, delivery and takeout service continues under updated hours.
Meetings, events and gatherings can include up to 25 guests or 25% capacity; and most recreation, fitness centers and outdoor activities can resume.
On Saturday night, the IDPH announced that Region 5 was eligible to move into Tier 1 mitigation measures. Region 5 includes several southern Illinois counties.
Tier 1 requires a region to meet the following metrics: 1) A test positivity rate below 8% for three consecutive days, as measured by the seven-day rolling average; and 2) Greater than or equal to 20% available staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a three-day rolling average; and 3) No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a seven-day average.
“We have been watching the signs for a month now and our county and our region have made great progress,” McLean County Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight said on Friday before the announcement. “We have maintaining that 20% capacity in ICU and our hospitalizations have been decreasing as a region. Today, our regional positivity was 8.1% and it was over 12% a while back. We have definitely made progress, but we still have a ways to go. We encourage everyone to continue to work hard, but we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Photos: How Bloomington-Normal persevered through COVID-19
Masks of honor
Ringing the bell
Salute to heroes
'Retired Crew' helps Habitat
Co-worker parade honors retiree
Birthday for a veteran
We're still fishing
A day to be remembered
Staying in line
Thank goodness for cash on hand
Fashion for the times
Fighting to survive
Clawing their way back
Sharing the news
Bringing nature along
Building Ameren towers
Repairing Market Street parking deck
Ameren project progressing
Renovation continues at Bone Student Center
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