Arlington Heights Moves to Tier 3 Restrictions

Village Moves to Tier 3 Mitigation Restrictions
Posted on 10/25/2020
COVID-19 Updates

Arlington Heights Moves to Tier 2 Mitigation Restrictions
Coronavirus restrictions were loosened in several Illinois regions, which includes Arlington Heights, as the state announced a change to its mitigation guidelines on January 18, 2021, and moved Region 10 to Tier 2 mitigations.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)  has said that due to a change that increases hospital staffing across the state, Regions 8, 9, 10, and 11 can move from the most restrictive Tier 3 to Tier 2. In addition, Regions 1 and 6 have met the metrics to move to Tier 1, and Regions 3 and 5 have met the metrics to return to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.

Tier 2 mitigations include:

For Bars & Restaurants:

  •  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 indoors or 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
  • Includes private clubs and country clubs

For meetings and social gatherings:

  • Limit to 10 guests in both indoor and outdoor settings
  • Applicable to professional, cultural and social group gatherings.
  •  Not applicable to students participating in-person classroom learning or sports.
  • This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general Phase 4 business guidance such as office, personal care, retail, etc.
  • Hotel room occupancy should be limited to registered guests only, with the maximum allowance being the number of individuals permissible per existing fire code for each applicable guest room
  • Hotel fitness centers should be closed, or operated only on a reservation model with capacity limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy for the room
  •  No party buses

For more details on what the Tier 2 mitigations include, click here.

Village Board Approves Additional Coronavirus Relief, December 21
Additional Coronavirus Relief initiatives were approved by the Village Board on December 21 to help Village businesses, especially restaurants that are currently prohibited from serving customers indoors under the State’s Tier 3 Mitigation plan. 

The relief measures include an additional 25% reduction on restaurant liquor license fees for all classes of licenses other than B and BB, a deferral of the due date for all classes of liquor license renewals from April 30, 2021 to June 30, 2021, and deferring payment on emergency zero-interest business loans from January 1, 2021 to June 1, 2021.

“The success of our businesses is critically important to the Village for many reasons. Consistent with our obligation to do all we can to help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic and get through to the other side, we are happy to provide this second package of economic relief measures,” said Mayor Tom Hayes. “As we remain all in this together, we encourage our residents to “Shop Arlington” and consider take-out or delivery dining until our restaurants can be fully open again.” 

In May 2020, the Board approved the initial Coronavirus Relief package, which included a 25% reduction in liquor license fees for all classes of licenses other than B and BB; zero-percent interest loans of up to $10,000 each for eligible businesses, and provided additional financial assistance for eligible residents by supplementing funding of the Village’s Emergency Assistance program. In addition to these business and residential relief programs, Arlington Alfresco outdoor dining was also approved as part of the Village’s initial Coronavirus Relief package.

Residents have always been supportive of our local restaurants as well as donating to the Village’s Emergency Fund. Residents’ patronage of our local business community and helping our neighbors in need is appreciated more now than ever before. To donate to the Village’s Emergency fund, please visit Arlington Cares. If you choose to treat yourself to some of our great local cuisine, check out the listing of restaurants offering take-out or delivery. Thank you!