Illinois introduces new restrictions amid Covid-19 spike
The Illinois Gaming Board has announced new restrictions for land-based gambling facilities in the state in response to an increase in novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Metro East region of the state has exceeded its criteria that trigger additional measures to slow any further spread of Covid-19.
IDPH figures show Metro East’s positive test rate averaged at least 8% for three consecutive days from August 14-16. As such, restrictions will now be put in place for the region that includes the Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties.
Effective from 11pm local time yesterday (August 18), video gaming operations at all licensed locations in the region are only permitted between 8am and 11pm.