E-Newsletter: October 23, 2020

The DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 dashboard, shows the number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in each municipality. There have been a total of 1,339 lab recorded cases of COVID-19 in Elmhurst as of 10/22/20. As cases continue to rise in the state, the Illinois Department of Health is closely monitoring these increases. Residents are urged to follow safety guidelines and protocols in place, to help minimize the spread of illness. Failure to do so may result in increased cases of COVID-19 and the implementation additional mitigation measures.
COE Update on Governor's Resurgent Mitigation Measures
On October 20th, Governor Pritzker announced increased restrictions for Region 8 (including all of DuPage County) that begin on Friday, October 23rd. These Resurgent Mitigation Measures are expected to last a minimum of two-weeks. The measures include but are not limited to the closure of all indoor dining operations for bars & restaurants and operational time restrictions of 6:00 a.m.-11:00p.m. for outdoor dining, carry-out, delivery, and curbside services. New restrictions were also placed on private meetings and events, lowering participation to the lesser of 25 guests or 25% overall room capacity. A list detailing required Resurgence Mitigations was adopted on July 15th as part of the Restore Illinois Plan. 

The City of Elmhurst has worked closely with our business community throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so through this new mitigation period. In response to the increased restrictions placed on restaurants and bars, Mayor Morley will issue an Executive Order that will suspend the collection of Elmhurst liquor license fee payments and business registration fees including food handler permit renewal fees and amusement device renewal fees for all existing restaurants and bars until such time as they may be reviewed by the City Council. 

Morley states, “The City Council previously issued a two-month credit to liquor license holders in classifications most directly impacted from shutdowns earlier this year and put new policies in place to allow for expanded outdoor dining on public and private property. I will be asking the City Council to once again examine any and all opportunities to assist our local businesses; in particular our bars and restaurants who are disproportionately affected by these latest restrictions.” 

Morley further stated, “Between increased restrictions and the changing of the seasons, our bars and restaurants are in an extremely vulnerable position right now. I urge the people of Elmhurst to join with me in showing a concerted effort of support in the coming weeks to all local businesses, including our food and beverage businesses.”
Outdoor dining operations allow for the continued use of tents as long as two full sides are open to circulate air. Staff, which has been working with individual businesses to extend late fall/winter dining plans beyond November 9th, will continue to pursue actions that benefit the business community at large. Businesses looking for more information on extending outdoor dining should contact Business Development Coordinator, Erin Jason erin.jason@elmhurst.org  

All local businesses are further encouraged to apply for the State of Illinois Business Interruption Grant (BIG Grant). This State economic relief program is in its second round of allocations for approximately $636 million dollars. 

The City of Elmhurst is closely monitoring this situation and will be posting frequent updates on Elmhurst.org

“We urge the Elmhurst Community to take proper safety measures in order to slow the spread of the virus. The vibrancy of our community depends on all of us working together. Please make a plan to stay safe and support local.” states Mayor Morley. 
Early Voting at City Hall
What to expect when you arrive at City Hall to vote…

DuPage County residents can visit the Council Chambers in City Hall (209 N. York St.) beginning October 19, 2020 through October 31, 2020 for Early Voting in the November 3, 2020 General Election. Hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 am - 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am - 5 pm. 

City staff has designed a plan with the health and safety of voters, City Hall visitors and employees in mind. Early voters can expect the following organized process when entering City Hall to vote:

  • The EAST SIDE “VOTER ENTRANCE” will be designated as the entrance for voting. Employees and the non-voting public will use the main entrance/exit through the City Hall lobby. 

  • Greeters will be stationed at City Hall to guide foot traffic. Voters will be asked to follow the greeter’s direction while wearing a mask and standing 6 feet apart from other voters. Ample signage will be positioned inside and outside of City Hall to direct voters. Voters should anticipate waiting in lines, both inside and outside of the building.

  • Upon entering City Hall, voters will be directed to either use the elevator or the staircase to make their way to the Council Chambers to vote. Clearly marked floor decals will indicate social distance standing positions. 

  • When voters leave the Council Chambers, they will be directed to use the main/front staircase and exit City Hall through the main east lobby door. 

  • City Hall will frequently be cleaned with a UV disinfectant. Sanitizing stations, stanchions, social distancing floor decals and signage will be placed throughout City Hall. 

  • Voters should plan to park at City Hall or nearby at the Addison Street Parking Deck or on adjacent side streets. 

  • Voters are reminded of the importance of acting kind and courteous by following these directions to keep fellow voters safe during the challenges of this pandemic. 

Do you plan on voting by mail by using the drop off box at City Hall?
Vote by mail ballots may also be dropped off at a drop box located inside of City Hall starting October 19, 2020 through October 31, 2020 during early voting hours, Monday – Friday 8:30 am - 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am – 5 pm. Greeters will ask voters if they planned to vote using the drop box. These voters will be escorted to a different line to vote by mail using the drop box.

For additional locations and extended hours, please visit https://www.dupageco.org/earlyvoting/ or call DuPage Election Commission at 630-407-5600. 

2020 Halloween Trick-or-Treating
in Elmhurst

There is a heightened sense of precaution that the community should take during this holiday. We understand that not everyone may feel comfortable trick-or-treating this year. Ultimately, each resident must make the decision on whether or not to partake in Halloween activities. Trick-or-treating hours on Saturday, October 31st are from 3:30-7:30 pm, but residents are asked to protect themselves and respect their neighbors by understanding and abiding by the following guidelines....
EPD Drug TakeBack Day
Residents can drop off prescription drugs year round in the lobby of the Elmhurst Police Station. Please do not place them in your trash or flush them down the toilet, help to keep the water system drug free. The Elmhurst Police Department will hold a drug takeback event on October 24th from 10am-2pm at the Elmhurst Police Station (125 E. First St).

Electronic Recycling - Oct 24
The City will host an Electronics Recycling on October 24th at the Public Works Facility (985 S Riverside Drive, Elmhurst) from 8 am until noon.

Free Leaf Pickup
A free leaf collection for residents who live within city limits will take place on November 4-6 and again on December 2-4, on your regular refuse collection day. Leaves must be kept separated from other yard waste and placed at the curb in clearly marked cans, cardboard boxes, or Kraft paper bags. Cans and boxes will be left on the parkway following collection. Although leaves may be placed in marked cans, please be aware that a combination of precipitation and low temperatures may cause the contents to freeze. Frozen cans cannot be emptied by our service provider. More info... 
Upcoming Public Meetings:
Public comment options for public meetings City Hall continues to be open during public meetings and for public comment opportunities. There are several ways to provide public comment during these meetings including online and in person. The City has added a call-in option for public comment. A list of public commenting options can be found on the City's Agenda Center/Boardocs. If you any questions or require assistance, please contact the City's Deputy Clerk at 630-530-3010.

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