COVID mitigations ease in suburban Cook County

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Increased capacity for restaurants, bars, and events; masks still required

Information provided by the Cook County Department of Public Health

FOREST PARK, Ill. (February 16, 2021) – On Tuesday, the Cook County Department of Public Health issued COVID-19 Mitigation Order 2021-4 to continue easing mitigation measures in suburban Cook County.

Effective immediately, Mitigation Order 2021-4 increases capacity limits in bars, restaurants, and event spaces to the lesser of 40 percent capacity or 50 people. Gatherings and most other indoor activities are also limited to the lesser of 40 percent capacity or 50 people. The order also includes masking language, reinforcing the need for all over two years of age who can medically tolerate wearing masks to do so in public places.

The full mitigation order, including details about restrictions on specific types of gatherings and activities, is available here.

Suburban Cook first moved to Phase 4 of the IL COVID mitigation plan on February 2, 2021. County Health Officials, however, enacted additional restrictions, which have slowly been rolled back over the course of the last two weeks.

Although Lansing is currently in Phase 4 of the State’s COVID plan, county officials have implemented additional restrictions that have been slowly loosened over the last two weeks.

“The COVID-19 metrics continue to improve, allowing us to align with the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Stickney Township Public Health District and ease mitigation restrictions in suburban Cook County,” said Dr. Kiran Joshi, Senior Medical Officer and Co-Lead, Cook County Department of Public Health.

“We are encouraged by the progress made in the metrics, but we must continue to protect the safety and health of Cook County residents and wear masks, watch our distance, and wash our hands,” said Dr. Rachel Rubin, Senior Medical Officer and Co-Lead, Cook County Department of Public Health.

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