July 17, 2020
Governor Pritzker Announces Plan to Combat Resurgence of COVID-19
On July 15, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced a new mitigation plan that modifies the existing “Restore Illinois” plan aimed at preventing another COVID-19 surge in Illinois. 

You will recall that the first iteration of the “Restore Illinois” plan divided the state into four regions, envisioning a progression through five stages of reopening, each with fewer restrictions on lives and business as the virus came under control. But, under the new plan, Illinois is now separated into 11 smaller regions, with the City of Chicago occupying its own region, with the rest of Cook County County in its own region as well. All of Illinois is currently in Phase 4 of the original “Restore Illinois” plan, and the modified plan does not require any region to make any immediate changes. 

Under the original plan, if one region saw an increase in COVID-19 cases, the entire region, sometimes comprising dozens of counties, could be bumped back to a more restrictive phase. This original approach prompted criticism about lumping some downstate counties with lower case counts together with more densely populated areas seeing higher infection rates, and subjecting both regions to the same restrictions in a one-size-fits-all approach. In response, the modified plan adopts “a more granular approach” with a menu of restrictions to enable the state to act in a more decisive, targeted way in addressing COVID-19 hotspots without reacting more broadly than circumstances require by imposing blanket restrictions across large geographic areas or moving entire regions back to an earlier phase.

Although Illinois has among the lowest positivity-case-rates and highest testing tallies in the country, the Governor announced the possibility of taking certain mitigation measures, including moving a region back to an earlier phase of the reopening plan if cases surge, which could involve renewed restrictions on businesses and social interactions. The Governor’s new plan lists several factors that could move a region back to an earlier phase, namely if a region has a sustained increase in its seven-day rolling average positive test rate, coupled with either an increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illnesses, or a specific reduction in hospital capacity. A region could also be bumped back if it sees three consecutive days of its testing positivity case rate of 8% or more. It is important to note that although local governments are allowed to create their own locally-tailored reopening plans, these plans cannot be less restrictive than the State’s plan.

To view the mitigation plan, click here.
Chicago Emergency Travel Order
On Thursday, July 2, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., issued an  Emergency Travel Order   directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This includes both Chicago residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a designated state. The Order went into effect on Monday July 6, 2020.

One of the most common questions the Village has received regarding this order is its applicability to people flying into a Chicago airport, but not staying in the city. According to the Chicago Health Department:

"The Order does not apply to individuals changing planes at a Chicago airport or flying into a Chicago airport and then traveling directly to a suburban municipality or otherwise out of the city limits."

To review the Chicago Health Department's Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Order, including additional exemptions from the order, click here.
Block Parties Now Permitted Subject to Additional Regulations
Due to Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order, a temporary suspension was placed on block parties throughout the Village. As the state has moved into Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, the Village has lifted the suspension subject to the adherence of certain regulations. These regulations are intended to protect public health and safety while still allowing residents to engage in this important community building activity. The new regulations are outlined below. Please click here   to view the application.  

  • Gatherings are limited to 50 people, including children
  • Attendees should remain 6’ from individuals outside of their households
  • Masks should be worn when not drinking or eating and when unable to maintain a social distance of 6’
  • Participants who are not from the same household should not share food or beverages with others, including pot-luck or family style buffets
  • Single-use plates, utensils, and napkins are encouraged as are single use condiment packages
  • Tables should be placed at least 6’ apart
  • Frequently touched surfaces should be disinfected often in accordance with CDC guidelines Hand sanitizer or handwashing stations should be made available to attendees
  • Bounce houses, kiddy pools, etc. are prohibited
  • Police and Fire Department visits may be provided, but children may not touch or enter the vehicle
Garage Sales Now Permitted
Due to Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order, a temporary suspension was placed on garage sales throughout the Village. As the state has moved into Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, the Village has lifted the suspension. Although permits are not required to hold garage sales, please continue to adhere to best practices regarding social distancing and face coverings. 
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Additional COVID-19 Resources
Events surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19 have been changing rapidly. The Village is working to keep residents informed of what is happening in our community. Please understand the situation is fluid and policies and procedures may change with little notice. 
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