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Region 2 Returns To Phase 4 Of Restore Illinois COVID Plan

People separated by plexiglass barriers bowl at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y., in August.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
People separated by plexiglass barriers bowl at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y., in August.

Central Illinois is officially moving out of additional mitigations as the region's COVID-19 statistics continue to improve.

On Monday, Region 2, which includes Peoria, Bloomington, Galesburg, Macomb, and the Quad Cities, was moved out of Tier 1 mitigations and into Phase 4 by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Region 1, which includes Rockford and other northern Illinois communities, also was shifted into Phase 4.

Among other things, Phase 4 increases the capacity limits for indoor bar and restaurant service, as well as museums and social events. Some indoor recreation facilities, like bowling alleys and skating rinks, also can immediately reopen under Phase 4 guidelines.

It also opens to the door to more high school sports.

“Over the past several months, communities in Region 2 in Illinois have made progress in reducing community spread of COVID-19, allowing us to continue to lift restrictions,” Monica Hendrickson, administrator of the Peoria City/County Health Department, said in a prepared statement Monday. “We will continue to monitor the health metrics as we now roll out our COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans. Please practice the health care guidance and vaccination procedures, so we can allow our communities to resume activities safely.

More information is available on the IDPH website.

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Tim Shelley is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.