Casino gambling and video gaming licensees in regions that the Illinois Department of Public Health reclassifies to exit Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations on January 15 can resume gaming operations beginning at 8:00 AM on Saturday, January 16, 2021 subject to the following Tier 1 and Tier 2 Mitigations.
- Casino gambling at licensed casinos in Tier 1 and Tier 2 regions is restricted to within the hours of 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily, and casino occupancy is limited to 25% of fire code capacity. Food and beverage service is suspended inside casinos, while outdoor service, curbside and carryout is permitted. Masks must be worn at all times inside the casino. Congregating around table games, carnival games and EGDs is prohibited. Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Casino Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect.
- Video gaming at licensed video gaming locations in Tier 1 and Tier 2 regions is restricted within the hours of 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily. Food and beverage service inside the video gaming area is suspended, while outdoor service, curbside and carryout is permitted. Masks must be worn at all times inside the video gaming area. Congregating around video gaming terminals is prohibited and there is a one person per video gaming terminal limitation. Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Terminal Operator Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect.
Gaming remains suspended in Tier 3 regions.
For more information, please visit the Illinois Department of Health’s website.
Illinois Gaming Board
Illinois’ 11 regions can begin lifting Tier 3 restrictions as early as next week if they’ve met the right metrics, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday.
“Since Nov. 30, I have maintained – at the advice of Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, the [Illinois Department of Public Health] and other infectious disease experts – that it would be unwise to downgrade any region from our current Tier Three mitigations while in the holiday season, when people were particularly prone to gather in multi-family groups and do it without masks – the things that could deliver the worrisome ‘surge upon a surge,’” Pritzker said during an update on the state’s coronavirus response.
He noted that the state “did not experience the post-Thanksgiving uptick that plagued much of the country” and said state health officials were “watching closely” the period after Christmas and New Year’s.
“I’m cautiously optimistic as there are some early signs indicating that some regions have made real progress and won’t reverse that progress this week or next,” Pritzker continued.
“So on Jan. 15, exactly one incubation period from New Year’s Day, any region that has met the metrics for a reduction of mitigations will be able to move out of Tier Three of our mitigation plan,” he said.
All of Illinois have been under Tier 3 mitigations since Nov. 20, which have lowered capacity limitations for outdoor dining and other activities, suspended indoor dining entirely, shut down indoor recreation venues like theaters and casinos and increased other restrictions.
A region can move to Tier 2 mitigations if it sees a test positivity rate less than 12% for three consecutive days and more than 20% of ICU and hospital beds are available, as well as declining COVID-19 hospitalizations in seven of the previous 10 days.
Illinois reported 7,569 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, along with 139 additional deaths attributed to the virus. The new cases bring the statewide total to 999,288 confirmed cases and 17,096 deaths since the pandemic began last year, according to IDPH.
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January 6, 2021 at 12:44PM