AURORA, IL – Restaurants and bars in Aurora may resume indoor service after Kane and DuPage counties switched to Tier 1 coronavirus protections on Tuesday.
However, the death toll from pandemics in Kane County continues to rise rapidly, according to statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health Department. 97 deaths were recorded in the first 25 days of 2021.
More than 660 residents have died of COVID-19 since last spring, data from the state shows. December was Kane County’s deadliest month of the pandemic. 131 residents died of COVID-19.
Facilities cannot open until 6 a.m. at the earliest and must close by 11 p.m. under Tier 1 restrictions. Parties are limited to four people and reservations must be made in advance.
An indoor dining ban was first introduced in Kane County in late October.
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Meetings, social events and gatherings can continue with a capacity limit of 25 percent or a maximum of 25 people, regardless of whether they take place inside or outside. These limits do not apply to personal learning, exercise, or many businesses currently operating under Phase 4 guidelines.
University sports cannot resume in Aurora until Region 8 has reached phase 4 weakening of the coronavirus.
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To move from Tier 1 to Phase 4, Region 8 must have a positivity rate of 6.5 percent or less and at least 20 percent of the ICU beds must be available for three consecutive days. The region must not see a sustained increase in COVID-19 hospital stays even over a period of 10 days.
The positivity rate in Region 8 was 7.3 percent on Friday, a small increase from the previous day, public health data shows. This is the lowest level since October 12th.
At least 20 percent of the ICU beds in the region were available for 43 consecutive days as of Friday.
Coronavirus-related hospital stays in Region 8 have decreased or remained stable for six days in the past 10 days, one day below the state threshold.