COVID-19 & Municipal Services Updates

Village Moves to Tier 1 Mitigation Restrictions
Posted on 01/23/2021
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This page will be updated with the latest COVID-19 information provided by the Village of Arlington Heights. Last update was January  23, 2021.

By looking at the Illinois Department of Public Health's regional COVID-19 map, you are able to monitor the rates for each area.

Recent Updates Include:

  • Arlington Heights moves to Tier 1 restrictions, January 23, 2021.
  • Arlington Heights moves to Tier 2 Mitigation Restrictions, January 18, 2021
  • Village's second COVID-19 Relief package
  • Drive-through testing site at Arlington Park Racetrack
  •  Financial Assistance application for Village residents

Tier 1 Restrictions Allow for Indoor Dining at Restaurants of up to 25 guests or 25% Capacity 

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced  that Region 10, which includes Arlington Heights, has moved to Tier 1 Mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan, effective January 23. Please read about the mitigation requirements here.

The move to Tier 1 means restaurants are able to offer indoor service with limitations of 25 guests or 25% seating capacity, whichever is less. Restaurants are to close at 11 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6 a.m. the following day.

Social gatherings are limited to 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors. 

January 18: Village Moves to Tier 2 Mitigation Restrictions
Coronavirus restrictions were loosened in several Illinois regions, which includes Arlington Heights, as the state announced a change to its mitigation guidelines on January 18, 2021, and moved Region 10 to Tier 2 mitigations.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports that due to a change that increases hospital staffing across the state, Regions 8, 9, 10, and 11 can move from the most restrictive Tier 3 to Tier 2. Under the new metrics, restaurants remain closed to indoor dining but movie theaters and casinos can reopen with certain capacity limits as well as some organized recreational athletic activities.

Originally, a set of four metrics were used to determine whether regions could roll back coronavirus mitigation rules, but the change in mitigation metrics no longer includes hospital bed availability.

To move forward from Tier 2 to Tier 1, a region must drop its positivity rate to between 6.5 and 8%, while maintaining ICU bed availability of greater than 20%. A region also must avoid sustained increases in hospitalizations for seven of the preceding 10 days.

To move all the way to Phase 4, regions must drop their positivity rate to 6.5% or lower, while adhering to the other two metrics thresholds in the other rollback scenarios, according to state officials.

Tier 2 mitigations include:

For Bars & Restaurants:

  • No indoor service
  •  All bars and restaurants close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day
  • No indoor service
  • All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • No tables exceeding 6 people*
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
  • Includes private clubs and country clubs

For meetings and social gatherings:

  • Limit to 10 guests in both indoor and outdoor settings*
  • Applicable to professional, cultural and social group gatherings.
  • Not applicable to students participating in-person classroom learning or sports.
  • This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general Phase 4 business guidance such as office, personal care, retail, etc.
  • Hotel room occupancy should be limited to registered guests only, with the maximum allowance being the number of individuals permissible per existing fire code for each applicable guest room
  • Hotel fitness centers should be closed, or operated only on a reservation model with capacity limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy for the room
  • No party buses

For more details on what the Tier 2 mitigations include, click here.

Board Approves Additional COVID-19 Relief Package
Additional Coronavirus Relief initiatives were approved by the Village Board on December 21 to help Village businesses, especially restaurants that are currently prohibited from serving customers indoors under the State’s Tier 3 Mitigation plan. 

The relief measures include an additional 25% reduction on restaurant liquor license fees for all classes of licenses other than B and BB, a deferral of the due date for all classes of liquor license renewals from April 30, 2021 to June 30, 2021, and deferring payment on emergency zero-interest business loans from January 1, 2021 to June 1, 2021. 

Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Site at Arlington Park
A  drive-through COVID-19 testing site is located at the Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W Euclid Ave. The facility is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Testing is free and available to all regardless of symptoms. Testing is also available to individuals of all ages. Parent or guardian must be present and able to provide consent for individuals under the age of 18. List of up-to-date community-based testing sites and mobile testing sites can be found at Illinois mobile testing sites.

Individuals should be tested if they have been in contact with persons who have or may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, even if no symptoms are present.

State Extends Unemployment Benefits
The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced August 6th that jobless benefits are extended another 20 weeks as unemployment numbers continue to grow because of the pandemic.

Illinois Regional COVID-19 Resurgence Criteria
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is monitoring key indicators to identify early but significant increases of COVID-19 transmission in Illinois, potentially signifying resurgence. These indicators are calculated for eleven newly described  Illinois regions. IDPH will monitor if these indicators show an increase in COVID-19 disease burden  with a  simultaneous decrease in hospital capacity OR if there are three consecutive days averaging greater than or equal to 8% test positivity rate.  By looking at the IDPH's regional COVID-19 map, you are able to monitor the rates for each area.

These indicators can be used to determine whether additional community mitigation interventions are needed for a region to control the further spread of COVID-19.

Once a region meets resurgence criteria, then mitigation options from a tiered menu will be considered.  If sustained increases in health metrics continue unabated, further mitigations could be added from additional tiers. 

Financial Assistance for Residents During COVID-19 Pandemic
As part of the a recent COVID-19 Relief Package approved by the Village Board, much of a $165,000 supplemental federal grant received by the Village will be allocated to the emergency assistance fund for residents who qualify for the program. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please review the Financial Assistance Application.