SPRINGFIELD, IL — As coronavirus cases continue to spike in Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker has issued more statewide restrictions.
During his daily COVID-19 briefing, the governor announced that museums, theaters and casinos will be closed and grocery and large retail stores will see capacity limits beginning on Friday.
“Models project that without additional mitigations, daily COVID-19 deaths may at least match the previous spring wave and could even rise up to four to five times that level,” said Pritzker.
Grocery stores will now be limited to a capacity of 50%, and large retail stores like Target will be limited to 25% capacity.
Under the governor’s plan, gyms will be allowed to remain open on an appointment basis, but group fitness classes will be prohibited. Salons and barbershops will also be permitted to remain open.
All 11 regions in the state are currently under some form of enhanced mitigations, including the closure of indoor service at bars and restaurants as well as limitations on gathering sizes.
The new restrictions follow the announcement of another 12,601 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The state has registered nearly 143-thousand cases over a 12-day span, about as many as it did during the first 4 months of the pandemic combined.
More than 300 additional hospital beds were being used by coronavirus patients Monday night than the previous night, reaching a record high of 5,887. Currently, 1,158 patients are in the intensive care.
Pritzker also issued a warning about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
“The terrible truth is that getting together with people in this way is exactly how the virus spreads,” he said.