Indoor Food and Beverage Service Restrictions Extended to September 16 in Campus Area
Today, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen issued Emergency Order 20-25 Amendment 1, which extends indoor dining and bar restrictions at campus area businesses until 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 2020. This time frame mirrors Chancellor Robert Jones’ request this week that in-person activities by University of Illinois students be limited to only the most essential activities.
Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen said, “After consulting with public health and University officials about the higher than expected positivity rate of COVID-19 on campus, it was determined that continued restrictions on bars and restaurants in Campustown are necessary to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to give the University a fighting chance to remain open for the semester. Public health experts say the virus spreads more readily in enclosed spaces, particularly when masks are removed for activities such as eating and drinking. Thus, these continued restrictions prohibit indoor seated service for campus area establishments for an additional week. We all have a role to play in keeping our community healthy and our businesses open. To that end, students, residents, and visitors should continue to practice good social distancing, wear a face covering when around others, and avoid parties and gatherings.”
The full text of the Emergency Order can be reviewed online at champaignil.gov/covid-19.