LEE COUNTY — Lee County will move to Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan tomorrow. This will create significant changes from the current “Stay at Home” order. Beginning tomorrow, all non-essential retail stores, salons, and spas will re-open for business with reduced occupancy limits and specific guidelines. Taverns and restaurants will be allowed to provide on-site food and beverage service outdoors with specific approvals. Health and fitness classes can resume outside only. Gatherings of 10 or fewer people will be allowed. Youth sports will be able to resume practice with “no contact” restrictions, following social distancing. Non-essential manufacturers will reopen with social distancing and face covering restrictions. Outdoor recreation restrictions will be reduced. Summer day camps will be allowed to begin with restrictions.
The following guidelines remain in place:
For complete details on “Restore Illinois” Phase 3 guidelines, click on this link: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/RestoreILP3.aspx
Since Governor Prizker’s announcement on Phase 3, the Lee County Health Department, City of Dixon, and Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street have been working closely with tavern and restaurant owners to prepare for outdoor beverage and food service. The City of Dixon is expected to approve an ordinance tomorrow morning at a special city council meeting scheduled for 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be broadcast live on the City of Dixon Facebook Page.
The new ordinance would allow current tavern and restaurants to expand outside seating areas on private property and allow for approval of outdoor food and beverage service on approved city parking lots and roadways. A few highlights of the State of Illinois guidelines:
Additional guidelines and information can be found at the link provided above.
The Lee County Health Department reminds facilities that if you are planning to re-open on May 29, 2020 or any time during Phase 3, please send a written plan that shows how you will adhere to the Phase 3 Recovery Restaurant & Bars for Outdoor Dining Guidelines for approval to firstname.lastname@example.org. An email with more specifics was sent out this afternoon, so please be sure to check for it. If you don't receive a Phase 3 permit from LCHD you are not permitted for outside service. Please submit plans ASAP, to allow time for review.
Based on current information from the Governor’s Office, the earliest Lee County could move to Phase 4 would be near the end of June. This is not an automatic transition. The transition is dependent on positive case & testing trends and hospital capacities in our designated region.
Current Testing Criteria:
The following people can be tested with or without symptoms.
Other individuals may be tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath and fever) OR
have a risk factor, such as contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, a compromised immune system or a serious chronic medical condition
What to do if you think you have COVID-19: (UPDATED INFORMATION)
During the current Corona Virus outbreak, individuals with symptoms SHOULD NOT GO to health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and urgent care centers without CALLING FIRST. Instead, they can seek care by using one of the following options:
Residents can go to the following websites for additional information:
Go to KSB, IDPH, or CDC websites. Lee County Health Department provides regular updates on its Facebook page.
For general questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or 211.