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Limited Indoor Dining for Parts of Western Illinois

Jan 18, 2021
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The region of Illinois that includes McDonough, Knox, Warren, Fulton, and Henderson counties is now in Tier 1 for the state's coronavirus mitigations.

Beginning Wednesday, restaurant and bar patrons must wear a mask when interacting with servers and bartenders in an effort to stem the recent spread of COVID-19.

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As the number of COVID-19 cases trends upwards in Illinois, state officials want to see better enforcement of mask-wearing and other public health guidance.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported the highest one-day death toll due to COVID-19 with 125 lives lost. The total confirmed cases has reached 29,160, with 1,259 deaths. Sangamon County reported another death Friday, bringing its total to five.