What Happens If a Business Ignores Tier 1 COVID-19 Rules?

What Happens If a Business Ignores Tier 1 COVID-19 Rules?

Today marks the third day in a row for Regions 7 and 8 to report a rolling positivity average of 8% or above. That means…

Posted by Governor JB Pritzker on Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Starting Friday (Oct. 23, 2020), Kane and DuPage counties in Region 8 will be under Tier 1 Guidelines for COVID-19 resurgence mitigation.

Under those guidelines, there is no indoor service at bars and restaurants and meetings and gatherings — including weddings and funerals — are limited to 25 people.

So, what happens if a business violates those rules?

That question is answered on the homepage of the Kane County Health Department website. Here’s what it says:


In an effort to maintain the progress made in Illinois’ COVID-19 pandemic response, the governor is filing emergency rules for businesses, schools, and child care establishments regarding the use of face coverings and the size of gatherings.

These rules provide multiple opportunities for compliance before any penalty is issued, giving local health departments and local law enforcement more leeway to support community public health in a productive manner.

While existing, pre-pandemic enforcement laws, like revoking a license, are stringent and severe, these rules provide flexibility for local communities and a measured process to help keep people safe.

That process is as follows:

  • First, businesses will be given a warning in the form of written notice and encouraged to voluntarily comply with public health guidance.
  • Second, businesses that do not voluntarily comply will be given an order to have some or all of their patrons leave the premises as needed to comply with public health guidance and reduce risks.
  • Third, if the business continues to refuse to comply, the business can receive a class A misdemeanor and be subject to a fine ranging from $75 to $2,500.

These rules do not apply to individuals and penalties will not exceed a misdemeanor and a $75 to $2,500 fine.

The emergency rules also reinforce the authority of IDPH and local health departments to investigate COVID-19 cases and reaffirm that businesses have a responsibility to cooperate with those investigations.​

Tier 1 Resurgence Mitigations

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