Region 9 to Tier 2 Mitigation Plans

(Waukegan, IL) Governor JB Pritzker has once again changed his plans for re-opening Illinois, and Lake County finally has some good news.

After moving to a new set of Tiers and Phases last Friday, the Lake County area was left behind, when metrics showed it didn’t have enough available hospital beds to move forward. Then on Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced what it called a staffing surge at hospitals across the state…and that pushed the Region (that also includes McHenry County) into Tier 2.

Under the new mitigation, indoor dining is still technically banned…but video gambling is once again allowed, indoor fitness can restart, and youth sports can resume. The mandates have largely fallen on deaf ears however, as many restaurants opened with capacity limits, and youth sports continue to practice and play, in defiance of state rules…despite that, metrics have continued to improve, and no feared holiday spikes were seen.