“IDPH recognizes that some who will choose to gather together anyway, and instead of denying that reality, we are issuing guidance and recommendations for safer ways to celebrate together in person,” IDPH director Dr. Ngozi Ezike wrote in a statement. “Remember, we know what our best tools are: wearing our masks, keeping our distance, limiting event sizes, washing your hands, and looking out for public health and each other.”
Additionally, the central Illinois region around Champaign-Urbana could be hit with stricter restrictions on restaurants, bars and other businesses as the percentage of positive coronavirus tests is on the rise, state public officials warned on Wednesday.
Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:
8:35 p.m.: American Airlines to furlough 19,000 employees as clock runs out on deal for federal aid
American Airlines will begin furloughing 19,000 employees on Thursday after lawmakers and the White House failed