All of Illinois moved into Phase 4 on February 4, the least-strict level before the economy is allowed to reopen completely. In Phase 4, indoor service at bars can resume, with an occupancy limit of 25% or 25 people, and only six people can be at a table at a time. Bars and restaurants must stop serving alcohol at 11 p.m. and must be closed by midnight.
After placing all of the state in Tier 3 in November 2020, the Governor announced that regions meeting certain benchmarks may transition to looser Tier 2 or Tier 1 restrictions. For regions still in Tier 3, restaurants and bars must close between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. and cannot offer indoor service. Outdoor dining is permitted, but reservations are required, tables must be spaced six feet apart, and there is a six-person party limit.
On November 20 the state expanded restrictions; restaurants and bars must close between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. and cannot offer indoor service. Outdoor dining is permitted, but reservations are required, tables must be spaced 6 feet apart, and party size is limited to six people. Individual establishments determine a suitable capacity limit that adheres to safety requirements. These restrictions were extended until February 6.
As of November 8, the Governor mandated that region 3 must again halt indoor dining services and that crowds of more than 25 people are no longer allowed. This region includes much of western-central Illinois.
When taking reservations and seating walk-in customers, restaurants are encouraged to obtain an email or phone number for contact tracing if needed.
Patrons are required to wear a face-covering when not actively eating or drinking.
Standing areas have a maximum occupancy of 25%, and high-contact areas such as buffets and self-service drink stations are permissible with additional precautions.
Illinois divides the state into four regions, with reopening phases for each keyed to COVID-19 test positivity rate, ICU bed availability, and other metrics.
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