State Representative Dan Brady said he was pleased to hear today that the Governor is willing to begin lifting some of his imposed “Tier 3” COVID restrictions soon.
“Tier 3 restrictions effectively shut down some of our local businesses; especially our restaurants and bars that certainly can’t expect customers to eat and drink outside in January. His announcement today that he may begin rolling back restrictions next week is great news for our families and our communities.”
At his daily COVID briefing today, Governor Pritzker announced that the state’s 11 regions can begin downgrading restrictions from Tier 3 to Tier 2 on January 15 if certain criteria are met, including a test positivity rate of less than 12% for three consecutive days, and a decrease in COVID hospitalizations. This means that a return to indoor dining and a reopening of some entertainment venues is possible as early as next week.
“Allowing our businesses to reopen is crucial for their survival, and I agree that it can be done safely with the continuation of mask and social distancing protocols,” Rep. Brady said. “I am very optimistic that with continued safety measures, along with wider vaccine availability, we will continue to move in the right direction.”