The news comes after Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said on Wednesday that the region could see looser restrictions
HIGHLAND, Ill — Some coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in the Metro East region.
Illinois Representative Charlie Meier announced that indoor service for bars and restaurants will be allowed beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday.
“I was not happy about the previous restrictions put in place, but it’s about time these restrictions were lifted,” Meier said in a statement.
The news comes after Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said on Wednesday that the region could see looser restrictions.
Pritzker said the Metro East, which is Region 4, has had heightened restrictions since late August.
After falling from a peak seven-day average positivity rate of more than 10%, the Metro East then leveled off between an average of 7% and 8% for several weeks.
The region dropped to a new low of 6.3% Wednesday morning.
“That’s enormous progress,” Pritzker said during the briefing on Wednesday.
The Metro East region includes Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties.
Meier said the announcement was made by the Illinois Department of Public Health to Metro East leaders Friday morning.