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Posted on: February 28, 2020

CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19)

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Updates on COVID-19

Restore Illinois Plan Phase 3
As of May 29th Illinois begins Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Phase 3 gives bars and restaurants the option to resume operations for outdoor seating only. Tables must be six feet apart and away from the sidewalks, masks and distancing measures for staff must continue to be followed as well as other precautions.  In addition to bars and restaurants manufacturing, offices, retails, barbershops and salons are also able to open to the public with capacity and other limits as well as safety precautions. Gatherings must be limited to 10 people or fewer and face coverings are also required when in public places where social distancing cannot be practiced. To learn more click here. To read the guidelines for reopening business and returning people to work safely click here.

Stay at Home Order and Mask Requirement 

The Stay at Home Order has been extended through May 30th. With the Governor’s extended order he has also lifted some restrictions a summary may be found below:

OUTDOOR RECREATION: State parks will begin a phased re-opening under guidance from the Department of Natural Resources. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted.

NEW ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES: Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses.

FAQ FOR BUSINESSES CONCERNING USE OF FACE-COVERINGS DURING COVID-19 

NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL: Retail stores not designated as non-essential businesses and operations may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.

ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND MANUFACTURING: Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing, as well as occupancy limits for essential businesses and precautions such as staggering shifts and operating only essential lines for manufacturers.

SCHOOLS:  Educational institutions may allow and establish procedures for pick-up of necessary supplies or student belongings. Dormitory move-outs must follow public health guidelines, including social distancing.

The Governor’s Order also mandates that  individuals are required to wear a face covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance. Face coverings are required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. The requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are medically able to tolerate a face covering or mask.

To learn more about the Stay at Home Order click here.

Lake County COVID-19 Dashboard 
The Lake County Health Department has developed a COVID-19 dashboard that shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 10,000 residents by municipality. To view the dashboard click here

Village Operations 
On March 15, 2020 the Village Board held a special Board meeting to consider a proclamation declaring the Village a disaster area for COVID-19. To read the press release click here.  In response to guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the most effective strategies to prevent the spread of illness, Village Hall and non-essential buildings are closed to the public effective March 16. View the press release here. Essential services will continue to be offered in a limited capacity. There will be no reduction in services for public safety and the Village encourages residents to conduct business online, via mail or by phone, where possible. Vital records will continue to be available at the Village Hall, while vehicle stickers may be purchased at the Libertyville Police Department. As this is an ongoing situation, the Village will continue to share updates via the website and on social media. Residents are encouraged to sign-up for Village e-news via the Village website as well.

There will be no reduction or changes to critical emergency services, water distribution or refuse collection. Residents should continue to call 911 in an emergency. All questions regarding health and wellness related to COVID-19 should be directed to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s hotline at 800-889-3931 or dph.sick@illinois.gov.

To protect yourself and others from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses, prevention is critical. Do your part to slow the spread of illnesses by taking the following steps:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Find more facts, updates, and information on COVID-19, including symptoms and transmission of the virus, at the following links: 

Stress & Wellness
It is important to take measures to prevent the spread of the illness, but it’s also important to focus on one’s mental well-being. Please help spread these resources to family, friends, and neighbors to connect those in need with immediate support.

Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Program
Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) has a new Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Program which provides assistance with rent and utilities due to COVID-19 (up to $4,500 total assistance per household). They also offer free Mortgage Forbearance Counseling if you are in need of assistance to “pause” your mortgage payments due to COVID-19. 

Confidential Crisis Support
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255; chat at suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline: 800.985.5990; text TalkWithUs to 66746;
Crisis Text Line: text TALK to 741-741
In an emergency, always dial 911

Referrals for Lake County-based social services

Food Pantry Information
If you or someone you know is in need of food pantry services please click here.  

Volunteer Information
Looking for a way to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic Lake County 211 has developed a list of resources. To learn more click here.

How to Support YOUR Local Businesses
While the State has required bars and restaurants to be closed to dine-in customers there are still many ways you can support restaurants, bars and other businesses during this time. Many bars and restaurants are offering carry-out, curbside and delivery options. To learn more about all of the great restaurants the Village has to offer visit www.libertyvilledining.com. You can also help to support a business in one of the following ways:

  • Purchase a gift card
  • Send a warm meal to a senior, family member or neighbor
  • Consider leaving a larger tip
  • Purchase online or over the phone
  • Order carry-out or delivery

Please remember to follow all social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control! 

COVID-19 Informational Resources for Businesses
Business information related to the COVID-19 virus is posted on the NewsFlash section of the Business page. Information includes OHSA, FMLA, Unemployment Insurance, IRS, Lake County Health Dept and other resources. When IL businesses are able to apply for the Small Business Association (SBA) disaster assistance loans, the link will also be posted. This information will be regularly updated. To learn more click here.



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