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All Illinois Regions Move to Phase 4 Mitigation for COVID-19

Effective Wednesday, Feb. 3, North Suburban Region 9, which includes Lake and McHenry Counties, has met the criteria set by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to move from Tier 1 mitigations to Phase 4 under the State’s Restore Illinois Plan.  

Phase 4 Guidelines now in effect for Region 9 include the following: 

Bars and Restaurants 

  • 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 Counters 

  • Capacity limit of no more than 50% occupancy. 

Personal Care 

  • 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. 

Read the entire press release here

Additional Information

Everyone should continue to follow the 3 Ws to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance

To view the North Suburban Region metrics on the Illinois Department of Public Health website, visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics and select Region 9. Metrics are updated daily, including testing positivity rates, ICU capacity, and COVID-19 hospitalizations.

For trusted information on the COVID-19 pandemic from reputable state and federal sources, visit the State of Illinois, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.

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