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Region 2/McLean County 

Mitigation Measures

Updated: 1/19/21

Updated 1/19/21: On Friday 1/15/21 Governor JB Pritzker announced the unfreeze of all Illinois regions from Tier 3 mitigations implemented in November, as well as revisions to Tier 1 mitigations to allow for limited indoor dining.

  • In response to decreased positivity rates, hospitalization rates, and hospital bed usage, any region that has met the metrics for a reduction of mitigations will move out of Tier 3 to less restrictive measures beginning 1/15.

  • See the full press release here.

    • IDPH will continue to work with local health departments to monitor regional resurgence, with the guiding short-term goal of getting as many regions as possible back to Phase 4.

    • Regions 1, 2, and 5 moved to Tier 2 as of Friday 1/15/21.

  • The revisions to Tier 1 mitigations for Bars and Restaurants include:

    • Indoor service limited to lesser of 25% or 25 persons per room

    • No tables exceeding 4 people indoors

    • Suspend indoor service if not serving food

    • Outdoor, delivery and takeout service continues under updated hours

  • For more information regarding the Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan:


On 1/18/21 Region 2 (which McLean County is a part of) health metrics met the criteria of the Illinois Dept of Public Health to move to Tier 1 mitigations.


Our center strives to direct you to accurate and reliable resources you can use to make informed decisions regarding these announcements. We encourage you to consider these five steps when responding to this and future Executive Orders, Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan changes, and/or local mitigation efforts:

  1. Educate yourself on the appropriate laws, orders, and guidelines relevant to your business at the federal, state, and local levels as well as how your local community is responding. 

  2. Consider multiple "what-if" scenarios to plan for and think through the pros-cons of each scenario as well as your possible responses/actions. 

  3. Decide how you and your business will respond to the laws, orders, and guidelines through actions, policies, and decisions. Repeat this step every few weeks as the situation evolves. 

  4. Communicate with your team (both employees and professional resources your business relies upon) transparently and frequently.

  5. Communicate with your customers transparently and frequently to share any changes and/or decisions you make. 



Local/McLean County level resources:

  1. McLean County Health Department 

  2. McLean County Government COVID-19 information 

  3. Bloomington-Normal COVID-19 Information - including employment, community, business, and hospitality resources

  4. Economic Development/COVID-19 Resources for Bloomington, IL Businesses

  5. Economic Development for Normal, IL Businesses 

  6. IL SBDC of McLean County COVID-19 Resources page 

State of Illinois level resources:

  1. Governor Issued Disaster Proclamation, Executive orders, & Administrative orders, 

  2. Illinois Dept of Public Health Workplace Health and Safety Guidance for Employees and Staff of Businesses

  3. IL DCEO - Restore IL Resurgence Plan

  4. Phase 4 Guidelines and Industry Toolkits 

  5. Phase 4 Guidelines FAQs for Businesses as of October 30th

  6. IL DCEO - State of Illinois Financial Aid & Programs to Small Businesses

Federal level resources:

  1. US Dept of Health & Human Services - Laws & Regulations 

  2. Center for Disease and Control & Prevention - Resources for Businesses and Workplaces 

  3. SBA's Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Resources

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