“I want to remind everyone that this pandemic is still very much here,” Pritzker said at an unrelated event in Collinsville. “And it remains a very serious threat. People are getting sick and dying. The Metro East region has one of the highest rates of cases and transmission in the state, even as the rest of the state remains fairly steady.”
He added: “You’ve all seen the death toll rising in Florida and Texas, in Arizona, Alabama, North Carolina, in California. This is no joke. This is no hoax. Metro East is at risk, as any area of the country, of tipping over to the higher case and death counts that we see in other parts of the country.”
Pritzker said the state “will take immediate action to impose additional mitigations” if there’s an increase in the rolling positivity rate for COVID-19 tests along with increased hospital admissions or decreased surge capacities. Action will also follow if a region passes an 8% rolling seven-day average.
“That can mean the closing of indoor bar service and reduction in indoor dining capacity, greater limitations on group gathering sizes and room capacity, and a return to remote work for high-risk individuals,” the governor said. “It could also mean capacity restrictions for organized group recreational activities, gyms and retail, and shutdowns at salons and personal care facilities.”
He said local leaders “must do what they know is right to protect their residents.”