Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley is calling on Governor JB Pritzker to lift the indoor eating ban as DuPage and Kane counties could face a new tighter level of restrictions in an effort to slow the rise COVID-19 infections and hospitalization.
Morley has joined with several suburban mayors to push back the closure of in-house restaurant and bar services. If applied, further mitigation measures would limit outdoor seating at bars and restaurants to six people per group.
In a letter to Pritzker, Morley said many small businesses will “cease to survive with the new restrictions implemented.”;
“Eliminating indoor eating during our cold weather will be a Surprise for many restaurants in our Elmhurst country and many across our state,” Morley writes.
The entire state has adopted mitigation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Mayors in Libertyville and Itasca have said they will not enforce the food ban, while many restaurants have publicly defied it.
Pritzker warned local officials on Thursday as Illinois saw new COVID-19 cases skyrocket Thursday to 9,935, a record.
“There are so many local governments across the state that are not implementing any mitigation measures, forcing this positive growth to continue out of control,” Pritzker said. “It’s time to take some responsibility. That’s the only way we get out of this without having to implement more and more restrictions across industries and across the state.”
Morley urged Pritzker “to create a pathway to allow indoor dining.” Morley said improvements made in patient care at COVID-19 and recovery rates should also be considered.
However, hospital officials are warning of staff concerns about handling patient spikes in the fall and winter, while major hotspots across the country limit staffing staff. Health care is available to help deal with COVID-19.
Elmhurst Hospital is treating 61 inpatients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection on Thursday morning, up from 45 patients on October 30th.
Some local officials have also questioned the increase in transmission-related infections in restaurants, where there is indoor eating and drinking from June until the October 23 close. .
The governor’s office last month published a study of more than 17,000 Illinois residents infected with the virus in August or September. The largest group – 2,300 people – reported working or visiting bars or restaurants in 14 days before a positive result.
“So far, we have not been given data to show that restaurants are the cause of the positive rate increases,” Morley said.
But DuPage County Health Department officials say restaurants and bars are considered to be contagious environments to a higher degree due to social gatherings in the home without separation from physical, narrower spaces and the removal of masks for eating and drinking
The Department of Health also points to a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention study that found that adults with COVID-19 were “twice as likely to be” twice as likely to be as adults with control as participants in control. had eaten at a restaurant for 14 days before getting sick. “
“We know that staying indoors, with people you don’t live with, for a longer period of time, don’t wear a mask and talk close together and emit droplets that contribute to COVID-19 transmission”, a health ministry statement said.
Morley said he believes officials can create a “safe, acceptable and affordable” plan while also giving businesses the chance to survive a pandemic.
“We will continue to do our part to educate the public and business owners about the risks, limitations and safety precautions to combat the spread of the virus,” Morley writes. “We take the safety of our community very seriously as well as our responsibility to our business community.”