Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced the suspension of all indoor dining service at restaurants and bars starting Wednesday, October 28, as part of the State's enhanced mitigation efforts aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Region 10 (Suburban Cook County).
Restaurants are to adhere to the following guidelines:
- No indoor dining or bar service
- All outdoor dining closes at 11 PM
- Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
- No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
- Reservations are required for each party: no walk-ups are allowed
- No seating of multiple parties at one table
Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings:
- Limit to whichever is less: 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity
Restaurants will remain open to continue to offer outdoor dining, pick-up, carry-out and delivery services. All patrons and employees should continue to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings in public and in places of business.
Suburban Cook County will return to Phase 4 mitigations if:
- The positivity rate in Region 10 averages less than or equal to 6.5% over a three-day period,
- There is a decrease in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness over a three-day period, and
- The three-day rolling averages of ICU bed availability and medical/surgical bed availability is greater than or equal to 20% over a seven-day period.
Conversely, if the average positivity rate and hospital admissions for COVID-19 continue to increase over seven out of 10 days, more stringent mitigations can be applied. If the metrics remain stable, the region will continue to be monitored.
Where can struggling businesses and employees find assistance?
The State of Illinois has launched a number of programs to provide aid to businesses and restaurants facing pandemic-related losses:
- The Business Interruption Grant program will distribute $220 million to small businesses, with priority given to those in regions under increased mitigations, to use for payroll and other operational costs. Apply now.
- The Illinois Department of Employment Security has instructional videos, FAQs and other resources to help out-of-work Illinoisans apply for unemployment benefits. Learn more.
- Visit an Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for advice and other free resources to help you start, grow and maintain your business. Find an SBDC near you to discuss your options.
- Cook County is offering free webinars and one-on-one consultations to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore available resources.
The Village of Winnetka will provide more information to business owners and residents as it becomes available. Visit the State's website for more information about this announcement. Visit the Village's website for industry-specific resources and signage.