While we’re seeing COVID-19 resurgence mitigation efforts in effect for many regions which temporarily suspends indoor dining and beverage service, let your customers know your gaming area is still open for play!
Below you will find awareness social media graphics to let customers know gaming is still live as well as a small flyer that can be stapled to carryout/delivery orders. Additionally, we have graphics to promote carryout/delivery.
Two additional Illinois regions will face resurgence mitigation efforts. Starting Wednesday, October 28, regions 4 (Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Monroe, Randolph and Washington counties) and 10 (Suburban Cook county) will be under tier 1 mitigations along with regions 5, 7 and 8.
Wednesday will mark 6 out of 11 regions that will be under additional COVID-19 restrictions. On Sunday, region 1 (Boone, Caroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) rolled into stricter mitigation efforts with the addition of tier 2 measures. The additional mitigations will include efforts such as a cap of 10 people rather than 25 in a gathering and caps of 6 rather than 10 at tables when dining out.
While this is not the direction we had hope to be going toward, we are are confident our partner locations will continue to maintain enhanced cleaning efforts, enforcing social distancing and wearing masks which will help our state get back on the right track.
A map and information of each county’s status can be found on the IDPH website.
Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health reported yesterday that resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 7 (Will and Kanakee counties) and Region 8 (Kane and Dupage counties) at 12:01 AM on Friday. Both regions are seeing a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days, which exceeds the threshold set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.
Gaming hours will be 8AM – 11PM daily and indoor food/beverage service is suspended.
A map and information of each county’s status can be found on the IDPH website
After a month of COVID-19 resurgence mitigation efforts, Region 4 was able to return to Phase 4 guidelines starting yesterday, October 9 at 5 PM.
Region 4 which includes counties of Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington, will be now be permitted to have indoor dining and drinking at restaurants and bars. Additionally, Scientific Games has been notified by the Illinois Gaming Board to return all VGT locations to their normally scheduled hours. The IGB is aware this process may take a few days and is expected to be completed this weekend.
With the seasons changing, get ideas from the pros now on utilizing your outdoor space! Architects and designers from City Open Workshop join our friends at the Illinois Restaurant Association for a webinar providing restaurants and bars with expert design ideas to safely and optimally use their space for service.
The webinar will be held Thursday, October 15 at 10 AM.
The webinar is free to attend, but you must register ahead of time for the access information.
Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Health announced COVID-19 resurgence mitigation efforts will be implemented in Region 1 beginning on Saturday, October 3. Region 1 includes the counties of Boone, Carroll., Dekalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago.
Mitigation measures taking effect Saturday in Region 1 include the following:
Our friends at the Illinois Restaurant Association are launching a social media awareness campaign to reinforce the extensive safety measures all restaurants have implemented and help build consumer confidence in dining indoors at Illinois’ 25,000+ eating and drinking establishments.
The IRA is asking establishments for their help to ensure restaurants can continue to welcome more customers back in a safe and smart way. Post the graphic below to your Facebook and Instagram pages.
• Utilize the below suggested caption and feel free to adjust to suit your tone/style.
• Tag 3 of your colleagues in the restaurant/hospitality industry in your post.
• Include the hashtag #ServingYouSafelyinIL in your post.
The safety and welfare of guests and team members are restaurants’ top priorities. Restaurants are, and have always been, one of the most highly-regulated segments when it comes to health and safety. We are strictly following all necessary public health guidelines – face coverings, social distancing, PPE, sanitizing, and more – in order to maintain safe and welcoming environments for our guests. We’re all in this together – and we know that masks and covered faces keep open places!
Though IGS partner locations are continuing to adhere to COVID-19 related safety and compliance guidelines, several regions are at a heightened risk at seeing potential and/or additional mitigation efforts enforced.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 30 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19. A county enters a warning level when two or more COVID-19 risk indicators that measure the amount of COVID-19 increase.
While masks have already been required when gaming and visiting establishments, the state of Illinois announced revised guidelines for restaurants and bar establishments statewide to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
These latest guidelines will require patrons to wear a mask during any interaction with wait staff, food service workers and other employees at bars and restaurants. Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth when patrons are approached and served by staff, including but not limited to when employees take patrons orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables.
This guidance will also apply to other facilities with food services areas that are currently subject to the Restore Illinois guidance, such as indoor recreational facilities, museums and entertainment venues.
New guidelines go into effect TODAY, Wednesday, August 26 and will require face coverings to be worn both in indoor and outdoor dining settings in all eleven regions in the state.
Thank you for the work you are all doing to “Play it safe!” Despite our best efforts, as you will see in the following press release from the Governor’s office, Illinois Region 7, which includes the counties of Kankakee and Will, will begin COVID resurgence mitigation today, Wednesday, August 26. Region 7 will operate under the following mitigation requirements: