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Rockford region enters Tier 1 mitigation, indoor dining resumes

SPRINGFIELD — Region 1, which includes the Rockford region moved into Tier 1 of the Illinois’ coronavirus resurgence mitigation plan.

In Tier 1, bars and restaurants may open indoor dining with capacity limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25% of room capacity.

To reach Tier 1, a region must have a test-positivity rate of no higher than 8% for three consecutive days, at least 20-percent availability of staffed ICU and medical-surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days and no sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days.

Monday’s news comes after Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s announcement Friday that Region 1 was moving to Tier 2 from the Tier 3 mitigations he implemented last November, ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend.

“Hospital leaders have made clear the importance of staffing in their continued response to this pandemic and conveyed that staffing contracts will be extraordinarily valuable in their ability to meet the needs of their communities,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “We are pleased to see most of our regions move out of Tier 3 mitigations with this change, and it is critical that we maintain this progress. With new variants of COVID-19 spreading, it is more important than ever to follow the public health guidance that keeps people safe – wear your mask and watch your distance.”

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