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The following email provides timely information on general news and community events from the Village of Wilmette. For more information, please visit the Village of Wilmette website.

Updates from Village Hall

As we all work to navigate this difficult time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Village is providing more frequent communications to residents. Today, in addition to an update from Village Hall, we've provided some helpful tips and resources for working and staying at home.

Village and Other Service Updates  

The Governor of Illinois has issued a state-wide "shelter in place" order to go into effect starting on Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. Residents are asked to stay in their homes through April 7. Residents may leave to purchase essential supplies such as groceries, prescriptions, fuel and toiletries and go to the doctor. Roads will remain open to traffic and transit services will run as usual. Restaurants will remain open to serve delivery, carry-out and pick-up orders. Please know that the Village will continue to provide essential public services such as police, fire, water and public works and the Village strives to deliver other important services and will communicate alternate service delivery methods as information becomes available. For more details, please contact the Village or visit the Village's website . Thank you for your continued partnership in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Village Waives Nonpayment Penalties for Water Service

To reduce the financial impact to residents and businesses during this time, the Village will not disconnect water service for businesses and residents and will waive new late fees through at least May 1.

Village Launches Community Caretaker Program
 
At-risk residents including the elderly and those with disabilities who are unable to leave their homes and need help with obtaining essential items, such as groceries and medicine, can submit a request through the Village Manager's Office by calling (847) 853-7502 or emailing arteagaa@wilmette.com . A Village employee will follow up with the requester to better understand the needs and situation, and as appropriate, the Village will coordinate with its network of organizations and volunteers to respond to the request. The role of this program is to act as a "matchmaker" and connect those in need with our partnering organizations. Learn more .

March 24 Village Board Meeting Rescheduled to 10 a.m.

Due to Village Hall being closed to prevent the risk of spread and exposure to COVID-19 and the Village President's Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency Order, the March 24 Village Board meeting has been rescheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 10 a.m. and will be held remotely and broadcast live on Channel 6 and the Village's YouTube channel. Public comment may be made in advance of the the meeting via email to publiccomment@wilmette.com or during the meeting through YouTube live.  

Advances Disposal is Implementing Refuse Collection Changes Effective Monday, March 23

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Advanced Disposal is implementing the following changes to ensure the safety of their employees, customers and the public:
  • All trash/refuse and recycling must be placed in the company designated cart or a can with handles ONLY if you do not have a cart. Loose items outside of the container will not be collected. Customers with extra services such as back-door services will not be impacted.
  • All bulky item pickup/collection is suspended until further notice.
  • At this time, yard waste service is unaffected by the changes.
Please contact Public Works at pubworks@wilmette.com or 847-853-7500. Employees are available during regular hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It's Been a Long Week. Order Dinner from Your Favorite Wilmette Eatery!

Restaurants will remain open to serve delivery, carry-out and curbside pick-up orders during the stay-at-home order. 

The Village reached out to restaurants across Wilmette and put together a directory of the carry-out, delivery and curbside pickup services each eatery is offering. Many Wilmette restaurants also offer to-go options for alcoholic beverages. Small businesses and restaurants are being hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis - please do what you can to support them! Ordering food to-go, buying gift cards and leaving a positive reviews online will help these valued community assets and their employees weather the storm.
Pace Services Update

At this time, Pace will continue to operate regular service, but may not enter properties that have temporarily closed. Pace will update riders as quickly as possible of any service changes. Passengers should visit PaceBus.com to sign up for text/email alerts on the routes they ride and follow Pace social media (Facebook | Twitter ) for the most up-to-date information.
How to Stay Happy and Healthy at Home 

While many of us stay at home to avoid the spread of COVID-19, we understand that parents are being challenged with how to talk to their kids about the crisis, remain calm and stay busy.

Here are some helpful reminders and tips: 
  • Realize this is temporary.
  • Keep your family's schedule consistent when it comes to bedtimes, meals, and exercise.
  • Make time to do things that have made you and your family feel better in other stressful situations, such as cooking, reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, exercising, or engaging in religious activities (prayer, participating in services on the Internet).
  • Have children participate in distance learning opportunities that may be offered by their schools or other institutions/organizations.
  • Recognize that feelings, such as loneliness, boredom, fear of contracting disease, anxiety, stress, and panic are normal reactions to a stressful situation, such as a disease outbreak.
  • Help your family engage in fun and meaningful activities.
Your mental health matters. Here are some resources on coping with stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.
Here are some additional helpful resources for parents:
Visit Local and Global Cultural Institutions Virtually! 
Tips for the Stay-at-Home Employee

  • For Yourself: Take a break - Take a physical and mental break from your work. Remember that staying disciplined (like only eating at mealtimes instead of snacking) will strengthen your discipline in other areas, like keeping your mind from wandering.
  • For Your Housemates: If you are at home with your children, spouse or roommate, while you have important work to do, their work and play and lives are as important as yours. While it is important to set boundaries around your work, remember to treat them as you would like to be treated. 
  • For Your Team: Stay connected - Get on the phone or video chat rather than defaulting to email.

Check out this Forbes article for 9 Tips To Be Productive When Working At Home During COVID-19.