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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
Dear Neighbors,

As the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis impacts our community, the Village will share regular updates on the latest developments in our national, state and local response, ways every resident can support each other and our community and our trusted health and safety resources.

Here are the most recent local, state and national developments:
  • The Village President signed a Declaration of Local Disaster Public Health Emergency in Wilmette today, March 17. This is a procedural step that allows the Village to respond more quickly and effectively to the rapidly evolving public health crisis. The declaration is also necessary to seek future reimbursements from the state and federal governments. This will have no impact on essential core services provided by the Village, including police, fire, water and public works. Visit the Village's website for more information.
  • President Trump advised that all Americans should avoid groups of more than 10 in his address on Monday, March 16.
  • Governor Pritzker ordered the closure of all Illinois bars and restaurants from Monday, March 16 to March 30. Restaurants are still allowed to serve take-out and delivery and keep drive-throughs open. Wilmette restaurants are open for business and may now sell beer and wine for carryout and delivery - please support your local businesses!
  • Health officials continue to promote good hand hygiene and surface disinfection, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and staying home if you are sick. These are the best ways to protect yourself and your family.
     
  • All schools in Illinois closed as of Tuesday, March 17 and will remain closed until March 30. 
  • Health officials continue to advise that everyone practice social distancing (do not shake hands, remain six feet away from others, stay home if possible) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and "flatten the curve."
"Flatten the Curve" graphic courtesy of NPR
Here's what residents need to know about Village service changes:

The Village has announced several temporary changes to non-essential Village services and facilities in response to COVID-19.  These decisions were made based upon guidance from the CDC, which recommends limiting in-person interactions to prevent exposure and spread of COVID-19. As always, the Village's top priority is to promote the health and safety of our residents, businesses, guests, employees and community. For more details on these changes, visit the Village's Community Response web page. 
  • All public meetings through March 20 have been canceled. The Village will communicate details regarding the rescheduling of these meetings when it's available. Please see the Village's web calendar for the latest status of Village meetings and events.
  • Village Hall and the Historical Museum will be closed to in-person visits until further notice. Residents can still reach Village employees by telephone and email during regular business hours. Contact information is available here
  • The front lobby of the Village's Police Department will remain open to the public.  Please continue to call 911 for all emergencies.  For non-emergencies, please call 847-256-1200. Residents should contact the non-emergency number regarding questions or issues with citations or to file police reports for property and financial crimes prior to coming to police station.  
  • The Public Works Facility will be closed to in-person visits until further notice. Electronics recycling drop-off swill remain open and accessible to residents during regular business hours. Staff will be available by telephone and email during regular business hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Public Works at 847-853-7500 or pubworks@wilmette.com or submit service requests online
     
  • Advanced Disposal will continue to provide refuse and recycling collection as scheduled. Yard waste/composting collection will begin the week of April 6 as planned. Stickers will continue to be sold at local retailers including Millen Hardware, Chalet Nursery and Jewel/Osco locations.
  • Water management will continue to supply safe, reliable drinking water for the residents of Wilmette and surrounding communities. There are no concerns with the Village's ability to continue to provide safe drinking water. 
  • The Village will be accepting payment through various methods including the website, via drop-box locations, or by mail. Finance staff will still be available by telephone at 847-251-2700 and email (ar@wilmette.comduring regular business hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit our website for more information on finance services. 
  • Community Development and Engineering departments will be closed to in-person visits. Residents can submit permits online or via drop-box at Village Hall. The Village will continue to provide inspections and residents can reach employees by telephone and email during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Follow the Village on social media for regular updates: Facebook | Twitter | Nextdoor  

Please check with other governmental entities, such as the school districts, Wilmette Public Library and Wilmette Park District about other potential closures or cancellations.