May 27, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
Hello,

I hope everyone is doing well. A lot has changed this week. The Governor is going to allow Phase 3 to begin and start opening up a lot of our closed businesses. I have attached a link I received on opening our businesses safely. This will give you an idea of what to expect. Phase 3 guidelines are available on the DCEO website: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx .
 
Restaurants will be allowed to open for outdoor seating. The village will work with all our restaurants to help them do this. The seating will follow social distancing guidelines of 6 feet apart and a maximum of 6 per table. Some may choose to set up seating in their parking lots, if possible, and the village board has made our recently acquired downtown space available for enjoying the outdoors and eating takeout from our local restaurants, including alcoholic beverages.
 
I hope everyone can get back to some normalcy. This is going to be a slow process, but so important for our local economy. Please continue to patronize our local businesses and restaurants - they really appreciate it. 
 
Some have asked what we are doing with the Main Street construction. The village is giving Main Street a facelift. We are replacing sidewalks, the small bridge, repairing drainage issues, adding a new parking lot configuration on the south with decorative lighting, and, lastly, new black top. 
 
The village received a grant for some of the work called Safe Routes to School. This was a grant to help the kids get to school without being on the road by adding the new sidewalk and bridge crossing. The old route was part of the road shoulder. 
 
An issue that occurred during the bridge replacement construction was the discovery of a fiber optic cable. The new bridge is bigger and deeper then the old one and during construction the buried cable was discovered that needs to be relocated. This is a big relocate job so the bridge construction has been placed on hold until this can be accomplished so the opening of Main Street has been delayed. This bridge is a very large culvert type. 
 
Stay safe and enjoy your summer.
 
Mark  
 
Mark Eisenberg
Spring Grove Village President
From the 4th of July Committee
Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the Spring Grove 4 th of July Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel their Street Fest and Fireworks this year. Our community and volunteers are our family and we owe it to you to give you the very best that we possibly can in a safe environment and don’t believe we can do that due to the uncertainty of this pandemic and the governor's orders. The 4th of July Committee is very hopeful for 2021 and are already in discussion with our sponsors and entertainment to bring you an event you will not soon forget!
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Salon Jevee Reopening
The Salon Jevee staff is happy to welcome back their clients and friends! They will be re-opening in compliance with Phase 3 of the Governor's 5-Phase plan with IDPH-approved safety guidance in place. They are fully committed in keeping their staff and guest's safety their number one priority. Please read about the preventative measures they will be undertaking and find appointment phone numbers and availability in their letter here . Located at 2207 Route 12, Ste. C
R/SG Area Rotary Club Auction
The Rotary's annual dinner/auction which was scheduled for April, had to be cancelled. Because there were many graciously donated items before the cancellation, they have decided to move their auction on-line to generate needed funds for future projects. Bidding can be done from your phone or computer! Please help spread the news. Read this letter from the Rotary and instructions on how to place a bid on their Text-to-Bid auction.
Photo of the Week

Sue Mckendry snapped the photo of a pair of Egrets taking a stroll in her backyard in the Breezy Lawn Subdivision on April 29.
Richardson's Donut Sale
Thanks to everyone who purchased donuts from the Richardson Farm in April and early May! Checks of $1,402 each were donated to The Richmond/Spring Grove Food Pantry and the Helping Hands Food Pantry in April. For Mother's Day, $1,800 each went to the Home of the Sparrow and Turning Point. There will be another Donut Sale this weekend, May 30 & 31 with $2 from each dozen sold going to the Pioneer Center , a non-profit center helping people with behavioral health disabilities, developmental disabilities, and homelessness, live a dignified life of well-being, independence and inclusion. Open from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. $14/dozen. Free dozen to medical staff and first responders! Located at 909 English Prairie Road .
Nature's Feed Update
Nature's Feed has opened their doors for shopping, while still offering curbside and local delivery. For in-store shopping, they would appreciate everyone wearing a mask as it may be difficult to practice social distancing and keeping six feet from others. They may have to limit the number of customers in the store at one time. If you want to place an order, please send an email to info@naturesfeed.net with your name, phone number, the items you would like and instructions on pickup/delivery. Please allow two hours for completion of your order. Located at 2440 Westward Drive .
Volunteers Want to Help
A group of volunteers would like to help our seniors, or other high-risk residents, by shopping for their groceries or other necessities. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, please contact them here .
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COVID-19 Information
Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-32 effective Friday, May 1 through May 29. This order allows us to leave our homes for essential activities only, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A face covering is required in public places when a six-foot social distance is unable to be maintained .

As part of the Northeast region, we are expected to move into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan on Friday, May 29. Additional businesses will be able to open following state safety guidelines, and small gatherings will be permitted while social distancing and using a face covering. During Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, gatherings of up to 10 people for any reason are allowed, and the following will be allowed following specific safety guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health:
  • Restaurants with outdoor seating
  • Travel following IDPH and CDC guidance
  • Health care facilities open
  • Limited child care and summer programs
  • Barbershops, hair and nail salons, and other personal care services
  • Retail stores, offices, and manufacturing facilities
  • Indoor one-on-one personal training
  • Outdoor fitness classes with up to 10 people
  • Boating/camping with up to 10 people
  • Indoor & outdoor tennis facilities
  • Golf courses with four people per tee
  • State parks open

For more details of Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan please visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-phase-3

Governor Pritzker announced plans to expand child care options through new group size limitations on child care centers in Phase 3 and Phase 4 of the “Restore Illinois” plan. More information is provided in a Reopening Child Care in Illinois” guideline .

Free testing is available for those who meet certain requirements. Read IDPH’s guidance on who can get tested. Here is a list of available test sites .

If you're facing a mental health emergency, call Northwestern Medicine at 1-800-892-8900. If you need help with food, utilities, rent, unemployment, business assistance or other vital issues, visit McHenry County's resource page to get the help you need.

If you have developed any of these symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consult your doctor, who will determine whether a test is necessary.

·      Loss or decrease in the sense of smell and taste
·      Fever – temperature of 100 or higher
·      Cough, Congestion or Runny nose
·      Sore throat, Shortness of breath or Flu-like body aches

View current stats on McHenry County COVID-19 cases. If you have health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 800-889-3931 or email questions here . If you are symptom-free, take these steps to stay healthy .
Essential Businesses
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Thank you for your continued support of Spring Grove businesses It is a tough time for them, but with all our help we hope they can make it through. View our business directory and restaurant websites and phone numbers .
Blast from the Past
The Spring Grove volunteer Fire Department members standing at the corner of Main Street and Blivin Street in front of what appears to be a new fire truck, circa 1940. In the background, notice the original cafe windows in what is now The Grove Pub & Grill, the McHenry Ice Cream truck making a delivery, and the Shoes & Dry Goods sign in the Royal Blue Store window. N. N. Weber had died in 1932, but his name is still lettered in gold leaf on the window, along with the offerings from his store. From left are John Sheets, Leander Lay, Charles Freund (proprietor of the Royal Blue Store), Chester Stevens, Joe Wagner, Joe Brown (proprietor of the tavern), Paul Weber & Art Oxtoby.
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