Metro East could see loosened COVID restrictions soon

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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – The Metro East will have to wait a little longer to have some of its COVID-19 restrictions lifted. Region 4, which includes the Metro East, is the only region to still be in Tier 3 restrictions.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday 10 out of the state’s 11 health regions have moved out of Tier 3.

Metro East is still waiting to move to Tier 2. The move to tier 2 would allow many businesses to reopen including movie theaters, casinos, cultural institutions, offices, and fitness centers. There are still some capacity restrictions with these reopenings.

These are the three metrics that must be reached to move into Tier 2:

  • Test positivity rate = 8% and below 12% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
  • Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
  • Sustained decline in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern seems hopeful that indoor dining could return in the not too distant future. Kern told the Belleville News-Democrat that the COVID numbers for the Metro East are better and if the area can maintain that, then indoor dining could return.

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