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Posted on: October 20, 2020

City of Carbondale Reminds Residents of Increased COVID-19 Mitigations

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CARBONDALEOn Monday, October 19, the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that Region 5, which includes Jackson County, has activated the state’s mitigation plan due to having three consecutive days of an average positivity rate at or above 8%. 

The additional mitigations being imposed are listed below and go into effect on Thursday, October 22.   

  • Bars and restaurants must be closed by 11:00 p.m. and may not reopen earlier than 6:00 a.m. the following day. 
  • Bars and restaurants can serve patrons at tables with outdoor seating only, all tables should be placed six feet apart. No seating of multiple parties at one table. No indoor service or seating is allowed. 
  • No ordering, seating or congregating at the bar is allowed and it is recommended that bar stools be removed. No indoor service or seating is allowed. 
  • Reservations for all groups are required. 
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting the premises. 
  • Meetings, social events and gatherings are limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25% of overall room capacity. (This restriction modifies the previous limitation of the lesser of 50 people or 50% of overall room capacity.) 
  • No party buses are allowed. 
  • Gaming locations and casinos must be closed by 11:00 p.m. and are limited to 25% capacity, and must follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable. 

On July 20, 2020, Carbondale City Council unanimously approved an ordinance requiring face masks in all public places within Carbondale city limits. The mask requirement will be in effect until the State of Illinois enters Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan unless repealed sooner by the City.

On September 22, 2020, Carbondale City Council approved another ordinance requiring employers to require all employees to wear face coverings. The Council adopted the ordinance after the City responded to multiple complaints of employees of businesses not wearing face coverings. These restrictions shall be effective until the state enters Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan unless repealed sooner be the City. 

To view Governor JB Pritzker's press release outlining the increased mitigations, click here. 

For more information, contact Public Relations Officer Roni LeForge at 618-559-1939.   

“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”


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