COVID-19 & Municipal Services Updates

Tier 3 Mitigations Take Effect November 20
Posted on 11/17/2020
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This page will be updated with the latest COVID-19 information provided by the Village of Arlington Heights. Last update was November 17, 2020.

By looking at the Illinois Department of Public Health's regional COVID-19 map, you are able to monitor the rates for each area.

Recent Updates Include:

  • Illinois enters Tier 3 Mitigations on November 20
  • Resurgence Mitigations take effect in Region 10 on October 28, 2020 
  • Drive-through testing site at Arlington Park Racetrack
  • State Extends unemployment benefits
  • State's COVID-19 Resurgence Criteria
  •  Financial Assistance application for Village residents
  •  Phase 4 Restore Illinois

 

Illinois Enters Tier 3 Coronavirus Mitigation on November 20

Beginning Friday November 20, Illinois will enter Tier 3 coronavirus mitigations under the state's Restore Illinois plan. The change means new guidelines in place for retailers, gyms, hotels, restaurants, bars and more.

Below is a quick look at some of the new guidelines. For the complete guidelines that pertain to Tier 3, please click here.

Restaurants and Bars 

  • All bars and restaurants close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day
  • No indoor service
  • All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • No tables exceeding 6 people
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
  • Indoor gaming terminals must suspend operations
  • Includes private clubs and country clubs

Health and fitness centers

  • Operate at no more than 25% capacity
  • No indoor group classes
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, including while engaged in individual exercise regardless of person or machine spacing
  • Reservations required
  •  Locker room areas should be closed

Retail (including service counters)

  • Operate at no more than 25% capacity, including general merchandise stores, "big box" stores that offer groceries and pharmacy, and convenience stores
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies may operate at up to 50% capacity
  • Encourage delivery or curbside pickup options wherever possible
  • When in-store shopping is necessary, promote efficient trips and consistent circulation

Indoor recreation, theaters, cultural institutions (e.g. casinos, bowling, arcades, movie theaters, museums and zoos)

  • Indoor recreation centers, including theaters, performing arts centers and indoor museums and amusement centers, close
  • Live streaming of performances encouraged with social distancing of performers and minimum operational staff
  • Outdoor activities allowed at 25% capacity or less
  • Outdoor group activities limited to 10 persons or less, participants/guests must wear face coverings at all times
  • Reservations required for each guest for outdoor activities

Grocery stores will remain open and available, child care facilities can continue to operate, and school districts, according to the Tier 3 mitigations.

The Illinois Department of Public Health will continue to track the coronavirus  metrics over the next 14 days to determine "if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place."

Resurgence Mitigation takes effect in Arlington Heights on October 28

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announce that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will take effect in regions 4 and 10 as of 12:01 a.m. on October 28, 2020. Arlington Heights is included in region 10 with suburban Cook County.
  
Region 10 has had eight consecutive days of increases in test positivity and seven days of increased hospital admissions making it the first region in the state to meet the metrics for additional mitigations in this way and surpass warning levels in two categories simultaneously. The sustained increases seen in the regions exceed the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan. 

“We are seeing test positivity across the state increase, but for Region 10, Suburban Cook County, we are also seeing a steady increase in hospitalizations for COVID-like illness,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “At the beginning of the pandemic, we were concerned about overwhelming our hospitals and we must take action now to prevent that possibility.  We are entering flu season and our hospitals are facing both COVID-19 and flu admissions.  The same things that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 will help prevent the spread of flu.  Please, wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear your mask.  And make sure to get your flu shot.”

Mitigation measures taking effect October 28 in Regions 4 and 10 include: 

Restaurants  

  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m. 
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart 
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting 
  • Reservations required for each party 
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table 

Bars 

  • No indoor service 
  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m. 
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed) 
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart 
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors 
  • Reservations required for each party 
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table 

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity 
  • No party buses 
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable 


These mitigations do not currently apply to schools.

In the coming days, IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in both regions to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place.

If the positivity rate in Region 10 averages less than or equal to 6.5% over a three-day period, there is a decrease in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness over a three-day period, and the three-day rolling averages of ICU bed availability and medical/surgical bed availability is greater than or equal to 20% over a seven-day period, the region will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan. Conversely, if the average positivity rate continues to increase over seven out of 10 days and the hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness continues to increase over seven out of 10 days, more stringent mitigations can be applied. If the metrics remain stable, the region will continue to be monitored. 

In addition to testing, IDPH continues to monitor each region in the state for several key indicators to identify early, but significant increases of COVID-19 transmission in Illinois, potentially signifying resurgence. Indictors include an increase in the region’s positivity rate with a simultaneous increase in either hospital admissions for COVID-like-illness or a decrease in hospital capacity, or three consecutive days of greater than or equal to 8% test positivity rate (7-day rolling average). These indicators can be used to determine whether additional community mitigation interventions are needed for a region to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. 

A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to some businesses and industries may be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website 


Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Site Open at Arlington Park
The free, drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Rolling Meadows High School has relocated to the Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W Euclid Ave., on August 10. The facility is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Testing is free and available to all regardless of symptoms. Testing is also available to individuals of all ages. Parent or guardian must be present and able to provide consent for individuals under the age of 18. List of up-to-date community-based testing sites and mobile testing sites can be found at Illinois mobile testing sites.

Individuals should be tested if they have been in contact with persons who have or may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, even if no symptoms are present.


State Extends Unemployment Benefits
The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced August 6th that jobless benefits are extended another 20 weeks as unemployment numbers continue to grow because of the pandemic.

Illinois Regional COVID-19 Resurgence Criteria
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is monitoring key indicators to identify early but significant increases of COVID-19 transmission in Illinois, potentially signifying resurgence. These indicators are calculated for eleven newly described  Illinois regions. IDPH will monitor if these indicators show an increase in COVID-19 disease burden  with a  simultaneous decrease in hospital capacity OR if there are three consecutive days averaging greater than or equal to 8% test positivity rate.  By looking at the IDPH's regional COVID-19 map, you are able to monitor the rates for each area.

These indicators can be used to determine whether additional community mitigation interventions are needed for a region to control the further spread of COVID-19.

Once a region meets resurgence criteria, then mitigation options from a tiered menu will be considered.  If sustained increases in health metrics continue unabated, further mitigations could be added from additional tiers. 
 

Phase 4 of Restore Illinois Allows Indoor Dining, Other Activities with Restrictions in Place
With certain capacity restrictions in place, residents can once again enjoy dining indoors and other activities that have been off limits for months as Restore Illinois Phase 4 begins on Friday, June 26. The Phase 4 changes will affect many facets of public life. Please refer to this overview of what changes will occur during the state’s Phase 4.

We are pleased to convey that Arlington Alfresco will continue through Labor Day in the Downtown area of Vail Avenue and Campbell Street. With Phase 4, all restaurants can return to providing indoor dining starting June 26th, with limited capacity for parties of up to 10 people. Local restaurants may resume their regular hours of business for indoor seating. Arlington Alfresco, which includes outdoor dining zones, will remain open every day and close at 11 p.m. Learn more about Phase 4 changes.
 
Financial Assistance for Residents During COVID-19 Pandemic
As part of the a recent COVID-19 Relief Package approved by the Village Board, much of a $165,000 supplemental federal grant received by the Village will be allocated to the emergency assistance fund for residents who qualify for the program. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please review the Financial Assistance Application.