ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. ( – It was just two weeks ago that indoor dining became allowed in the Metro East but due to the rising COVID-19 positivity rate, several restrictions will return Wednesday.

State Public Health Officials announced mitigations would return to Region 4 at 12:01 a.m. on October 28.

The following mitigations will be put in place:


  • No indoor service 
  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m. 
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside 
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)  
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart  
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting 
  • No dancing or standing indoors 
  • Reservations required for each party 
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table 


  • No indoor dining or bar service 
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m. 
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart 
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting 
  • Reservations required for each party  
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table 

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity 
  • No party buses 
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable 

Region 4 includes St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, Clinton, Washington and Bond counties. Madison County's seven-day positivity rate was 8% Saturday but St. Clair County's was 5.5%. Some residents aren't a fan of this system.

"Disappointed. I think we're getting lumped in with people we don't belong lumped in with," John Dalhaus said. "Wish they'd do county by county."

[READ: Metro East business anxious as COVID-19 numbers trending toward more restrictions]

Under current state guidelines, such restrictions are put in place when the COVID-19 positivity rate crosses eight percent for three days in a row. The positivity rate for the region was 8.1% Friday and 8.2% on Saturday. State and local officials think the rate will rise again Sunday, marking the third day in a row. Similar restrictions were put in place in September and then eased just two weeks ago.

Saturday, Illinois reported its largest single one-day increase in COVID-19 cases, with more than 6,000.


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