During his press conference this afternoon, Governor Pritzker mostly spoke on Illinois’ next phase plans for the COVID-19 vaccination distribution. He did however, make an announcement about plans to lift Tier 3 mitigation efforts.
Illinois’ 11 regions can begin lifting Tier 3 restrictions as early as next week if they’ve met the right metrics. 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. He stated, “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.”
On January 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 3 mitigations. While we have not received any word from the Illinois Gaming Board on when gaming operations can reopen, we will be standing by and keep you informed.
It is our current understanding that moving to Tier 2 mitigation efforts will not permit indoor dining, but VGTs will be permitted to be operational for play. Essentially, Tier 2 is a return to the status we were in prior to the current shutdown. IGS is fully prepared with our own reopening plan and will be ready to bring our partner locations live once we are permitted to do so.
Your Account Manager will be in touch with you soon. We look forward to getting back to business!