Emergency Order changes Campustown bars to 21 and older, UI urges students not to participate in Greek Reunion

By Amanda Brennan

Effective immediately, Champaign bars and restaurants now have to follow Emergency Order 20-21, issued by Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen on Thursday. 

The new emergency order allows for local enforcement of Phase Four operating guidelines for bars and restaurants specifically, including 25% occupancy limits and social distancing requirements. 

Emergency Order 20-21 also requires establishments with licenses for the sale and on-site consumption of alcohol to comply with the Restaurant and Bar Establishment Safety Guidelines for Phase Four of the Restore Illinois plan. Liquor establishments with combined indoor and outdoor area occupancy of 200 or more must abide by these regulations to avoid fines and emergency closures. 

Outline of safety guidelines for restaurants and bars in the State of Illinois.

Additionally, Campustown bars that are usually for ages 19 and older will now only allow individuals age 21 and older after 9 p.m. Anyone under the age of 21 will be asked to leave the bar at that time. Anyone in violation of this order is subject to penalty and a $750 fine. 

This all comes at the same time Dr. Danita Brown Young, vice chancellor for student affairs, urges students not to participate in “Greek Reunion” July 10-12 as it presents a major health risk to students and members of the community. Greek Reunion, where students come back to visit the bars for one summer weekend, is a popular event not sponsored by the University or Fraternity and Sorority Affairs programming. 

An email sent out to students Thursday night outlines plans to control parties and events that weekend. There will be an increased police presence in the area patrolling bars, local businesses and private residential areas. 

Individuals participating in parties held in houses and apartments that violate Phase Four may be subject to fines, legal consequences and University disciplinary action for violations of student code. The University warns that taking part in Greek Reunion presents the possibility of serious personal and academic consequences.

Photo by MCORE Project

Amanda Brennan

Digital Reporter for Good Morning Illini and UI7 News. Amanda also serves as the President for the University of Illinois chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and is a photographer with the Illini Union Marketing Department. You can find Amanda in the Marching Illini Color Guard during the football season. Go Illini!