An Update on Illinois Covid Restrictions

Posted: 1/15/2021

Illinois Covid Restrictions January 15 2021


An Update on Illinois Covid Restrictions


Most of our couples have been nervously awaiting guidance on whether they'll be able to go forward with their wedding plans in the shadow of state restrictions on social gatherings. On Friday, January 15th, Gov. J.B. Pritzker gave an update. Here are the key developments.

  • Only 3 of the state's Covid districts -- 1, 2 and 5 -- will immediately drop from Phase 3 to less restrictive Phase 2 mitigation. Sadly, all of Chicagoland remains in Phase 3.
  • But the Governor says declines in Covid positivity levels are encouraging, and more regions may join the move down to Phase 2 very soon.
  • Phase 3 keeps banquet facilities essentially closed to events like weddings. Phase 2 would permit gatherings of up to 25% of capacity or 25 people, whichever is less.
  • None of this affects home weddings or backyard weddings. They still appear to be unrestricted. That offers an option for couples who wish to go forward with their plans by hosting their receptions at home, perhaps by renting tents.
  • Ideally, what we're waiting for is a return to Phase 1 for the Chicagoland districts, 7 thru 11.

The good news is that two vaccines, by Pfizer and Moderna, are now being distributed, and a third, by Johnson & Johnson, will seek emergency approval for distribution very soon. And since the first doses are going to the people most vulnerable (healthcare workers, nursing home residents, etc.), the positivity rates should continue to drop significantly, and accelerate the move toward fewer restrictions. And state officials are pushing for faster vaccine distribution. Some pharmacies are already scheduling shots by appointment, and others will follow soon.

Obviously, none of this is ideal. But it's encouraging. 

If you choose to host your wedding at home or in an outdoor setting, please continue to observe social distancing recommendations by keeping tables 6 feet apart, by providing masks for guests who don't have them, and by keeping plenty of hand sanitizer bottles within easy reach. Setting up self-serve coolers of popular drinks will avoid crowds of people waiting at a bar and getting too close to one another.

And if you're a Fourth Estate Audio client, and you feel the need to push back your date, just contact us. We've been able to accommodate nearly all of our couples who have rescheduled. Stay safe and healthy!

To learn more about Fourth Estate Audio's professional wedding DJ entertainment and lighting, call me at 630.654.4440. I'm here to help.

Jay Congdon, President

© Fourth Estate Audio, 2021 - Jay Congdon is president of Fourth Estate Audio, a professional Chicago DJ and Chicago Wedding DJ company.

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