March 18, 2020
News from City Hall
Continuity of Services and Operations News

Please rely on official sources for the latest, up-to-the minute information.

The State of Illinois new website ( ) includes information on the state's response to COVID-19 as well as resources available to residents of Illinois.

Efforts to Support Employees and Small Businesses Underway
The State of Illinois has announced it is working on economic assistance programs to support Illinois’ working families and businesses during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Efforts are currently underway to provide resources and access to Illinois families for unemployment insurance, utility relief, food access, and Medicaid waivers. For more information, please visit .

The City continues to remain in daily communications with Governor Pritzker’s Office, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Lake County Health Department.  The City also is in daily communication with State and Federal Officials, and we are working with them as relief plans for the public and for businesses are developed.

According to communications received today, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus is on the rise. Social distancing remains a critical step we can all take to reduce strains on healthcare providers as we try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Today, the Lake County Health Department emphasized recommended steps that we can take to practice social distancing, including:
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • If attending a gathering, try to limit the number of people to 10
  • Call to check on family, neighbors, and older adults instead of visiting in person
  • Check with your healthcare provider about tele-medicine or alternatives to in-patient care
Additional resources to stay up-to-date on Coronavirus news

The Lake Forest Fire Department asks that residents only call 9-1-1 with true medical emergencies. If only experiencing mild symptoms, emergency responders ask that you please stay home. "Distance yourself from others in the household, if possible, by staying in a separate bedroom and bathroom, and contact your doctor if your symptoms worsen," says Dr. Sana Ahmed, Medical Epidemiologist at the Health Department. "We are prioritizing testing for symptomatic people who have high risk of complications - older adults living in congregate settings and those with chronic health conditions like heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, and those with weakened immune systems."

Beginning tomorrow, all Lake Forest park playgrounds will be closed via signage because they will not be sanitized on a regular basis due to the reduction of City staff and services. Also, Wildlife Discovery Center trails and exhibits are closed.

As a reminder, there is currently NO disruption of these public services including Police, Fire and Emergency Responders, Water, Sanitation , Garbage and Recycling.

The following buildings are temporarily closed:

  • City Hall
  • Municipal Services Building
  • Recreation Center
  • Lake Forest Fitness Center
  • Kinderhaven
  • Deerpath Golf Course
  • Dickinson Hall
  • Stirling Hall
  • The Cemetery Gate House
  • Wildlife Discovery Center
  • Lake Forest Library
  • All park buildings and restrooms
  • Restrooms at the beach

Local COVID-19 Resources Include:

Those without access to the Internet can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1.800.889.3931.

Reminders to Prevent the Spread of Illness

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
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