Coronavirus Information

This Coronavirus web page is to provide factual information and links to trust-worthy sites who provide the most current and informative resources.

6/25/2020
As Illinois moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan on Friday, June 26, we all need to continue to do our part and wear a cloth face covering when less than 6 feet away from others or indoors and maintain social distancing. Now that other industries have opened, make sure you visit their websites for specific guideline requirements and what the expectations are of patrons. CDC provides information on daily life and coping on their website:

Remember, it is up to each on of us to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We thank our citizens for your ongoing cooperation.

6/23/2020

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity released guidelines to safely reopen additional businesses and industries as the State of Illinois advances to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

5/15/2020

Mayor Egofske provides a video update on the Restore Illinois plan from our local perspective. We have been reviewing and working with our business owners and neighboring Mayors in Cook, Will and DuPage counties regarding the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan. Together, these Mayors have sent letters to the Governor sharing our ideas to open our businesses and community while taking the necessary safety precautionary measures. Links to these letters are below. Please watch Mayor Egofske’s brief video regarding the Village’s response to the Governor’s plan. Mayor Egofske - Stay-At-Home / Restore Illinois YouTube Video.

5/5/2020

Governor Pritzker announced his plan today during his press conference, Restore Illinois - A Public Health Approach to Safely Open Our State. There are specifics that will determine when a region will be able to move into the next phase. We will provide more information or clarity as it becomes available to us. You can find the full plan on the Coronavirus Illinois Gov website - https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/sfc/servlet.shepherd/document/download/069t000000BadS0AAJ?operationContext=S1&fbclid=IwAR3fYcTpwfZnyEHOZmrWwJwXFf1KTYVCrJxgJJycGfMGRtl_FrDbeiO4Ais

5/1/2020

It’s May 1 and it’s still hard to believe that we are living in a pandemic. We want to thank all of our residents that are abiding by the stay-at-home order and social distancing requirements. It takes each one of us to do our part so that we can all help reduce and stop the spread of the COVID-19. Thank you!

Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order of May 1, 2020
Governor Pritzker Executive Order 2020-32 extends the Stay at Home Order 2020-10 with modifications. The order can be viewed here, https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/Executive-Orders/ExecutiveOrder2020-32.aspx. Some additional items included in Section 1. Public Health Requirements for Individuals Leaving Home and for Businesses include:

  • Wearing a face covering in public places or when working. Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering (a mask or cloth face-covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings are required in public indoor spaces such as stores.
  • Under the requirements for essential stores, the use of reusable bags is discontinued. Households must limit the number of members who enter stores to the minimum necessary as determined by the store.
  • Essential Businesses and Operations shall comply with social distancing requirements as defined in the Executive Order, including maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and members of the public at all times, including, but not limited to, when any customers are standing in line.
  • Non-Essential retail stores may re-open for the limited purposes of fulfilling telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery – which are deemed to be Minimum Basic Operations.

Additionally, in Section 2. Stay at Home; Social Distancing Requirements; and Essential Businesses and Operations continue:

  • With the exceptions outlined in the order, all individuals currently living in the State of Illinois are ordered to stay home or at their place of residence except as allowed in the Executive Order. Leaving the home for essential activities is permitted, as defined in the order, only to perform essential activities, and must follow the social distancing requirements set forth in the order, including wearing face coverings when in public or at work:
  • For health and safety, such as seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional.
  • For necessary supplies and services.
  • For outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running and biking. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people is permitted. Golf is permitted only when following the guidelines by the DCEO. Playgrounds may increase spread of COVID-19 and therefore shall remain closed.
  • For certain types of work as defined in the order.
  • To take care of others – family members, friends, or pets in another household, or to transport family members, friends or pets as allowed by the order.
  • To engage in the free exercise of religion, provided such exercise must comply with social distancing requirements and the limit on gatherings of more than ten people in keeping with the CDC guidelines for the protection of public health. Religious organizations and houses of worship are encouraged to use online or drive-in services to protect the health and safety of their congregants.

Again, the order can be viewed here, https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/Executive-Orders/ExecutiveOrder2020-32.aspx.

4/30/2020 
COVID-19 Testing Guidance
Anyone with COVID-19-like illness or symptoms can get a test, even without a doctor’s order as defined by the IDPH COVID-19 Testing Guidance document. Testing locations vary and may have limited testing availability. 

As testing capacity expands, testing is now available for people who:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath and fever) OR
  • Have a risk factor, such as
    • Contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19
    • A compromised immune system or a serious chronic medical condition

Testing is also available for those with or without symptoms who:

  • Work in a health care facility
  • Work in correctional facilities, such as jails or prisons

  • Serve as first responders, such as paramedics, emergency medical technicians

  • Law enforcement officers or firefighters

  • Support critical infrastructure, such as workers in grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation

Review the IDPH COVID-19 Testing Guidance document located on our website.

Visit - https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites for testing sites. Again, locations may not always have testing available so check before you go.

Visit the Illinois Department of Public Health - http://dph.illinois.gov/.

4/29/2020

Metra Heritage Corridor Line Schedule Change - Effective Monday, May 4, the Heritage Corridor Line schedule will be temporarily reduced to one inbound trip in the morning and one outbound trip in the evening. The new schedule can be viewed at https://metrarail.com. Metra stated that the temporary changes are being made due to very low ridership under the current schedules, which are already reduced from the regular weekday schedules. All trains will have enough cars for customers to be able to practice social distancing, and Metra will be prepared to add trains when ridership begins to return to normal.

4/28/2020
Face Coverings - As we mentioned in our 4/27/2020 Governor Pritzker update, citizens will be required to wear face coverings or mask effective May 1, when in a public place where they cannot maintain a six-foot social distance. There are numerous places on the internet to purchase face coverings and you can make your own. Locally, here are a few businesses we are aware of that sell them:

All of these businesses have Facebook pages as well.

The Surgeon General has a video showing how to make a face covering that required so sewing - view it on YouTube

4/27/2020

Governor Pritzker announced in a April 23 press conference that next week he will implement an extension of his stay-at-home executive order with modifications through the end of May. Information will be posted when the executive order becomes available.

One of these modifications requires individuals to wear a face covering or a mask when in a public place where they cannot maintain a six-foot social distance like in indoor spaces such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face covering or a mask. You can order fascial coverings from Eich’s Sports, Lina Embroidery and there are several how-to videos and other businesses you can order them from. 

Governor Pritzker’s daily 2:30 PM press conferences can be accessed here: https://multimedia.illinois.gov/press/press-live.html.

Inside Lemont Podcast - You’re inside Lemont, so take a listen to our new podcast from Inside Lemont. Lemont High School senior Erin Crispo, and junior Will Gorski talk about COVID-19 and the impact in the life of a high school student. Great conversation with Inside Lemont hosts, Mike Kardas and Jason Berry.  Listen on https://anchor.fm/insidelemont/episodes/Home-Work-ed9hir.

 Ways to connect:
 • Listen on the Anchor app and leave the boys a message!
 • Log into Spotify and search for Inside Lemont.
 • Look for it soon on Apple and Google Podcast.
 Tune in and listen to Inside Lemont, all things Lemont.

Lemont Lottery - We Love Lemont - Small businesses are the heart and soul of Lemont, but most were forced to limit service or close due to COVID 19. Thirty-five Lemont businesses donated over $10,000 in gift cards and vouchers which will be split into three mega raffle drawings on May 10th!  

Entries are $10 each and you can buy as many as you’d like anytime between now and May 10th. All proceeds from the raffle will be used to benefit organizations impacted by the pandemic.

Join your neighbors in rallying behind the companies we all rely on! Buy you ticket at - https://welovelemont.eventbrite.com/.

Mosaics and Murals - Lemont’s beautiful murals and mosaics are featured in this week’s Chicago Sun-Times ongoing series of stories on public art in the city and suburbs. We thank our local artists, Mona Parry and Rob Moriarty and the Lemont Art and Culture Commission members and artists for their passion and talents that brought these works of art to life over the years. View the article here.

4/20/2020
Village Operations

The Village is providing essential services while we keep you safe and keep our employees safe. The Village Hall and Police Department are partially open during regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm. The front door into the inside vestibules are open, but you cannot access the lobby areas.

Bins are in the vestibules to drop in tickets and utility payments. Checks only will be accepted at this time. At the Village Hall, a bin for the Building Department is also available to drop off contractor and permit applications and other building documents.

Staff is working inside the building and retrieving items from the bins several times during the day. They are answering the phones, processing payments and working on rotated schedules to make sure we adhere to social distancing.

There are numerous ways to pay bills. You can mail them, pay online with no credit card fees, or sign up for utility direct debit payments. A dropbox is available 24 hours 7days a week at the 416 Main Street vestibule. Visit  our website "Online Payments" page for information.

If you have questions, call our Village Hall at 630-257-1550 or email vlemont@lemont.il.us. We appreciate your understanding while we all stay safe.

Inside Lemont Podcast 
You’re inside, Lemont, so check out the latest episode of our podcast, Inside Lemont! 🎙 It’s happy hour as we go "At the Table" with Jen from Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria and Pub - Lemont 🍕 and Digs on Canal 🍔 and Paul from Pollyanna Brewing Company 🍻 Go to:
 https://anchor.fm/insidelemont/episodes/At-the-Table-ecsai2

Get the inside story on how these Lemont biz owners are adjusting to the "new normal" and keeping locals served, with news on upcoming brews and the story behind these great local businesses!

Ways to listen:

Tune in and listen to Inside Lemont, all things Lemont.

4/17/2020 Update
Schools - Learning Days Will Continue Through End of School Year
Governor Pritzker announced in his 4/17/2020 press conference that he is suspending in person learning in schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. E-learning will continue for the remainder of the school year. View the news release here - https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21418.

Village Committee of the Whole Meeting – Monday, April 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM
The April 20, 2020, Village Board Meeting will be held remotely. Meeting information on how to submit to audience participation, register for the meeting or view the meeting can be found on the agenda in our Agendas and Minutes Center, under “Upcoming Event” at, https://il-lemont2.civicplus.com/765/Agendas-and-Minutes-Center---NEW.

Heritage Corridor Outdoor Recreation Commission Meeting, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 6:30 PM
The HCOR Commission will hold it’s monthly meeting remotely on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Please visit our Agendas and Minutes Center, under “Upcoming Event” at, https://il-lemont2.civicplus.com/765/Agendas-and-Minutes-Center---NEW. Agendas are required to be posted 48 hours prior to a meeting.

Polco Survey Responses - Answers to responses to some of the COVID-19 survey questions are being posted on our Lemont Community Coronavirus Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/LemontCoronavirus/. We will begin compiling answers to questions and create a webpage. This information will be posted when available Thank you to those that completed the survey. If you have not yet done so or would like to sign up, please visit -https://polco.us/lemont.

4/10/2020 Update

Village Board Meeting – April 13, 2020
The April 13, 2020, Village Board Meeting will be held remotely. Meeting information on how to submit to audience participation, attend, or view the meeting can be found on the agenda in our Agendas and Minutes Center, under “Upcoming Event” at, https://il-lemont2.civicplus.com/765/Agendas-and-Minutes-Center---NEW.
Click here for a direct link to the agenda only.

Polco Survey - COVID-19 Resident Impact Survey
As part of our continuing efforts to respond to COVID-19, we need critical input from residents to help us keep our community healthy and safe. A Polco COVID-19 Resident Impact Survey was sent out to subscribers. Please take the time to complete this survey. If you are not signed up, please visit https://polco.us/lemont or download the Polco app for Android or iOS, to create an account. Polco is committed to a strict privacy policy where they only share aggregated results. Participant’s individual data and votes are never shared with the Village of Lemont.

2020 Census
Thank you to those that have submitted your 2020 Census form. If you have not yet submitted it, please do so. You can respond online or by the phone number on your invitation. They will also be sending a paper form to those that have not completed their census yet. So, if you do receive a paper form, please complete it and send it in.  COVID-19 has most definitely impacted our financial situation. The need is so great at this time for you to complete and submit your 2020 Census form so that we receive part of the federal and state funding that we will desperately need moving forward. Help us bring Lemont to a 100% count!

4/09/2020 Update

Inside Lemont Podcast - You’re Inside, Lemont, so get Inside Lemont!
We are excited to debut our new podcast, Inside Lemont, from the Village of Lemont and Lemont TV. The hosts of the show are Inside Lemont creator and Lemont TV member, Mike Kardas, and our Economic and Community Development Director, Jason Berry. Podcasts will be held weekly on a variety of subjects with a variety of people. Hear the voices straight from the sources giving their inside perspective on topics on Inside Lemont.

Our first podcast interview is with Mayor John Egofske talking about the impact of COVID-19 on the village and discussing a variety of topics.

Ways to listen:

Tune in and listen to Inside Lemont, all things Lemont.

Illinois Department of Public Health website includes a map showing the number of POSITIVE CONFIRMED cases by zip code in the state. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics

It’s important to understand that these are known confirmed cases and that the actual number of cases is most likely higher. The information is updated daily to show how the confirmed cases of COVID-19 are increasing and the need for social distancing, staying at home and taking the necessary preventive measures to slow the spread of the disease is essential. Per the Executive Order 2020-10, you are to only go out if it is essential to do so. View the Executive Order 2020-10 link.

4/06/2020 Update
Face Coverings - The Center for Disease Control recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Visit CDC recommendations - https://www.cdc.gov/…/prevent-getting…/cloth-face-cover.html.

Watch the Surgeon General on YouTube show how to make a face make - https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4.

4/01/2020 Update
Executive Order 2020-18 - Governor Pritzker has issued Executive Order 2020-18. Among other extensions, this Executive Order extends the orders for School Closures, Stay at Home and Social Distancing, through April 30, 2020. We must all do our part and abide by this Executive Order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The order states that the number of suspected COVID-19 cases in Illinois is increasing exponentially and across more locations in Illinois, indicating that drastic social distancing measures are needed, even in communities where confirmed cases have not yet been identified, to reduce the number of people who become sick at any given time and the possibility of exhausting our health care resources.

In addition, for the preservation of public health and safety throughout the entire State of Illinois, and to ensure that our healthcare delivery system is capable of serving those who are sick, he finds it necessary to take additional measures consistent with public health guidance to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Executive Order 2020-18  - https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/Executive-Orders/ExecutiveOrder2020-18.aspx

2020 Census - April 1 is Census Day! If you have not completed your form online, the Census Bureau will be mailing forms to household that have not yet submitted their census. Please complete the paper form and mail it in. You also have the ability to call in to complete your information, but the call volumn is very high at this time, and people are reporting that they are not able to get through. Don’t panic, just be sure to send in your paper form. The census has a response rate map that indicated the percentage of response - https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html.

3/31/2020 Update
Extension of Gov. Pritzker’s Executive Orders - During Governor J.B. Pritzker’s daily update today, March 31, 2020, he said he will be signing an Executive Order tomorrow to extend the Illinois Disaster Proclamation, Stay-At-Home Order and the Suspension of On-Site Learning at School through the end of the month of April.
https://www.facebook.com/GovPritzker/videos/502877413722898/

Lemont Township Assistance - If you or anyone you know needs assistance, please call the Lemont Township office at 630-257-2522 and leave a message. Phones are being monitored regularly. For after hours, non-medical, urgent matters call 630-918-0492. Lemont Township is working closely with all local leaders and food pantries and will continue to have food, senior meals and provide general assistance during this time of emergency. The Highway Department is also available at 630-257-1155.

3/30/2020 Update
Health Department Confirmed Case Maps - Cook County and DuPage County health departments are providing information on their websites of confirmed cases by town. It’s important to understand that these are known confirmed cases and not the number of cases. The information is updated daily to show how the confirmed cases of COVID-19 are increasing and the need for social distancing, staying at home and taking the necessary preventive measures to slow the spread of the disease is essential. 

Residents have reached out to us asking for information about the names and addresses of those in Lemont with confirmed cases. We are not provided with this information. While we understand the anxiety of wondering if someone you or a family member has come into contact with has the COVID-19, again, we are not provided any of this information. Here are the links to the health department maps:

Managing and Coping - Taking care of yourself and family by being informed and abiding by the stay-at-home order is imperative to protecting everyone. There are trusted resources for stress and coping management, taking care of your emotional health, how to talk to your children about COVID-19, and much more. Know that you are not alone during this situation, and seek the information and the help that you need. Here are some helpful links for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention:

We appreciate everyone’s continued cooperation as we work together to reduce the spread of the COVID-19. 

3/28/2020 Update
Village of Lemont Community Partner letter of 3/37/2020. The Village and our partners thank the Lemont community for taking the necessary steps to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. During this difficult time, we are all working together to do what is in the best interest of our residents, employees, families and the entire community. Please read the current Lemont Community Partner letter for updated information.

Food Collection - WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are currently experience an increase need in our food pantry items and family drop items due to factors caused by the coronavirus. People have been laid off, lost jobs, have to stay home to care for children, and other unfortunate reasons. Please donate food, personal items or make a monetary contribution to help others in need right in our Lemont community. Here are the ways you can donate, and please visit the links for detailed information.

  • Lemont Food Pantries - Drop items at Lemont Township at 1115 Warner Avenue inside vestibule. Food, care items and monetary donations are needed. Please read the Lemont Food Collection flyer for detailed information.

  • Hope and Friendship - Fresh food donation, Plus One Meals, Uplifting Notes, Gift Cards, and food and personal items are being collected. Please read the response needs for detailed information on how you can help.  Response Needs Letter and Response Needs Flyer.
         Many drop-off locations are available:
    • Lemont Police Department - 14600 127th Street - inside vestibule
    • Village Hall - 418 Main Street - inside vestibule
    • Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria - 206 Main Street
    • State Farm Office - 160 E. Wend Street 
    • Terri’s blue trailblazer at 721 Hickory Street
    • Bin at 6 Logan Street
    • Bin at 24 W. Logan Street
    • Bin at 12473 Briarcliffe Drive
    • Bin at 413 4th Street

Village E-News - Stay Informed! It’s so important to keep informed about what is going on in our community at this time. Please sign up to receive text and/or emails from our electronic messaging system, Stay Informed

Order Out! Visit our Lemont Dining Guide for current restaurant information for take out and delivery. Please help continue to order out and support our businesses. 

IL Department of Revenue - The filing deadline for Illinois income tax returns has been extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Please visit their website’s informational bulletin - https://www2.illinois.gov/rev/research/publications/bulletins/Documents/2020/FY2020-24.pdf.

Waste Management - Bulk item pickup is currently on hold. Yard waste pickup will begin as normal on April 1, 2020. No loose items will be picked up that are outside of your trash bins. Additional trash must be placed in garbage bags and put next to the container. Do not place any loose items next to your recycle bins, as they will not be picked up. This includes cardboard boxes. To get updated alerts from Waste Management, sign up at - https://www.wm.com/weather-alert/index.jsp.
Visit our webpage, Garbage & Recycling Service, for general information. 

3/22/2020 Update
Illinois Secretary of State Office and Driver Service facilities are CLOSED to the public through April 7, 2020. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations, etc., have been extended. Please read the Secretary of State media release and FAQ’s available on their main website page. Please visit their website for further information - Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

IRS – The tax filing and payment deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. Visit IRS.gov.

Metra has made some changes to their schedule, but this does not affect the Heritage Corridor Metra Line. The Heritage Corridor line will operate its normal schedule - Metra.

3/20/2020 Update
Executive Order 2020-10
On March 20, 2020, by Executive Order 2020-10, Governor Pritzker ordered a shelter-in-place effective Saturday, March 21, beginning at 5:00 p.m. through Tuesday, April 7, 2020, to help slow the spread of the COVID-19. All individuals currently living within the State of Illinois are to stay at home or at their place of residence except as allowed in the Executive Order.

The Village of Lemont is encouraging all residents to comply with the Governor’s order to stay at home in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Illinois. Residents can still go to grocery stores, gas stations, medical offices, banks, hardware stores, and other essential service locations as necessary. Also, we ask that residents do not hoard essential items, as there will be enough if we all purchase only what is needed. Carryout, delivery and pickup is still available at participating restaurants; please patronize our businesses during this very difficult time.

We appreciate your full cooperation as we all take the appropriate measures to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. Thank you to our outstanding Lemont community!

3/19/2020 Update
Waste Management - Bulky item collection - including scheduled events or extra call in service for bulky items, such as large items outside of cart, is suspended until further notice. Waste Management encourages residents to sign up for alerts to get the most current information -https://www.wm.com/weather-alert/index.jsp.

3/18/2020 Update
Village of Lemont and our partners want residents to know we are working together during this critical time in support of our entire community. As we are all taking precautionary measures, please read the letter to our community on the actions we are all taking. March 18, 2020 letter to the Lemont Community.

3/17/2020 Update
Waste Management - As they take the necessary steps in response to social distancing recommendations, potential mitigation activity, and declared local states of emergency. Effective March 18, 2020, WM is temporarily closing residential call centers to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They are actively coordinating remote operations to serve customers during this situation with the goal of resuming residential call handing as soon as possible. At this time, there is no impact to scheduled residential collection service. For the most up-to-date service information, please visit wm.com/alerts. Updates will be provided as circumstances change.

Executive Order 2020-8
By Gov. Pritzker -  Section 1. During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation and for a period of thirty days following its termination, the following statutory provisions are suspended: (1) provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5, providing for the expiration of vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses, permits, and parking decals issued by the Secretary of State; (2) provisions of the Illinois Identification Card Act, 15 ILCS 335, providing for the expiration of temporary and standard identification cards issued by the Secretary of State; and (3) hearings conducted by the Secretary of State pursuant to the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/2-118, and the Secretary of State Merit Employment Code, 15 ILCS 310/9.

Executive Order 2020-07
By Gov. Pritzker - Section 2. Beginning March 18, 2020, all public and private gatherings in the State of Illinois of 50 people or more are prohibited for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation. A public or private gathering includes community, civic, public leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, and any similar event or activity that brings together 50 or more people in a single room or a single space at the same time. This includes venues such as fitness centers/health clubs, bowling alleys, private clubs, and theatres. This does not include venues that provide essential goods or services such as grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, gas stations, banks/credit unions, and shelters. This order amends Section 1 of EO 2020-04, which prohibited gatherings of 1,000 people or more.

3/17/2020 Update
As it relates to the COVID-19, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission has included Q&A’s and information on their website regarding the closures of the liquor license holders. This includes:

Please be sure to patronize our restaurants during this time. From our 3/16/2020 post - such businesses are permitted and encouraged to serve food and beverages so that they may be consumed off-premises, as currently permitted by law, through means such as in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through and curbside pickup. Customers can enter the premises to purchase food or beverages for carry-out. Adequate social distancing must be maintained.

3/16/2020 Update
Village of Lemont - Village Facilities Operations - The health, safety and well-being of our residents and business owners are among our highest priority for the Village of Lemont. As concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 grow, we are taking precautionary measures to help reduce the risk of the spreading of the Coronavirus as we receive orders and guidance from the Federal Government and the State of Illinois.

Effective immediately, we are making some modifications to the services that we provide at the Village Hall, Lemont Police Department and Public Works Department by taking measures to minimize health risks to our employees and visitors. Only our vestibules will be open to the public with available bins to place bill payments and other items in. Only checks will be accepted, and other arrangements have been made for the Building Department and Police Department. Online payments are still available. 

Please read the detailed information on the operations of Village facilities - Village Facilities Operations

3/16/2020 Update
Per March 16, 2020, Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 No. 5, beginning at 9 p.m. through March 30, 2020, all businesses in the State of Illinois that offer food or beverages for on-premises consumption - including restaurants, bars, grocery stores and food halls, must suspend service for and may not permit on-premises consumption. Such businesses are permitted and encouraged to serve food and beverages so that they may be consumed off-premises, as currently permitted by law, through means such as in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through and curbside pickup. Customers can enter the premises to purchase food or beverages for carry-out. Adequate social distancing must be maintained.

3/16/2020 Update
Gov. Pritzker announced on March 15, the temporary closure of bars and restaurants in the State of Illinois, be closed at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16. Carryout, delivery, and drive through services are still available. We will continue to share posted information from our restaurants. Purchasing gift cards, as well as ordering carryout or delivery are great ways to help our restaurants during this time. Office of the Governor News Release.

3/15/2020 Update
Last week we were in prevention mode, sharing information on what the symptoms of the Coronavirus are and what preventions to take. Since this time, guidance and orders have come from the State of Illinois and Cook County on reducing the spread of COVID-19, which we are following. With these orders and guidance in place, schools were closed and events were postponed or canceled, including the State of the Village Address, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Many states, including Illinois, have issued a State of Emergency. This allows for more federal support and activates the state’s emergency operations center. Also, the federal government issued a National State of Emergency on March 13 for further support and relief efforts.

We are following the precautionary measures provided to us and asking residents to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 as much as possible. This includes the consideration of cancellation of large gatherings and social distancing. We need to reduce social contact and follow the provided Social Distancing information from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Summary of Social Distancing

  • Protecting yourself and your community.
  • Shopping at off peak hours.
  • Take advantage of pick-up and delivery services with retailers.
  • Work with your employer.
  • Keep at least six feet between you and others.
  • Avoid public transit if possible and don’t travel to areas with active outbreaks.
  • Avoid crowded places. 
  • Events with 1,000 or more people have been canceled.
  • Community events with 250 or more recommended be canceled or postponed.
  • Major sports events are canceled.

Social distancing actions must be taken very seriously in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please share this important information with your family on taking these measures. We all need to do our part to take the necessary precautions to reduce the chances of spreading the coronavirus. It’s one thing to get it and not have that severe of symptoms, but others may need more care and must be hospitalized. Reducing the spread will reduce the demands on hospitals and infrastructure.

Below are links to trust-worthy sites that contain up-to-date information on the COVID-19. We encourage you to educate yourself and take the necessary precautionary measures at this time.

We created a Lemont Community Coronavirus Facebook page to share information within the community regarding closings, opening, and needs in the community, so that all this information is in one place. Please visit this page and like and/or follow it and share these messages. 

For questions about COVID-19 call 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Thank you.

March 8, 2020
As a community, we all need to educate ourselves on the preventative measures as we go about our daily lives. We ask that residents use precautionary measures and learn about how the Coronavirus is contacted, the best preventions, what the symptoms are, and what to do if you think you’ve contracted the virus.

The Coronavirus is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will provide updated information as it becomes available. Their website is an excellent resource to get accurate and up-to-date information related to Coronavirus - CDC website.

If you have questions or concerns, please call CCDPH at 708-633-4000, press 3. You may also call the Illinois Department of Public Health Coronavirus hotline at 1-800-880-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.

How Does the Coronavirus Spread?
Coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract the Coronavirus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of Coronavirus
Symptoms of Coronavirus may appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Prevention
The Center of Disease Control recommends taking every day preventative actions, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention. Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Do not share water bottles or similar containers.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe (doorknobs, push bars, railings, elevator buttons, etc.).
  • Also, if you are a business owner, please consider posting proper handwashing posters and signs in your bathroom locations to encourage good hygiene.

Resource Information:

FAQ’s from IL Dept. of Public Health

Center of Disease Control (CDC) Website

CDC Social Distancing Flyer

CDC Travel Information 

CDC Resources for Households

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Cook County Department of Public Health

Illinois Department of Public Health

OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services