This Coronavirus web page is to provide factual information and links to trust-worthy sites who provide the most current and informative resources.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Cook County Health Department Map - displays COVID-19 data for suburban Cook County, CCDPH’s jurisdiction for municipalities - https://ccdphcd.shinyapps.io/covid19/
- DuPage County Health Department Map - https://www.dupagehealth.org/610/DuPage-County-COVID-19-Dashboard
- Will County Public Health and Safety Map - https://c19-willcountygis.hub.arcgis.com/
(Does not show the breakdown by town.)
- State of Illinois - COVID-19 Illinois Positive Cases map by county - https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/
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:
- Managing Stress and Coping
- Taking care of your emotional Health
- Daily Life Coping
- Caring for Children
- Talking to Your Children
- Reducing Stigma
- Knowing the Facts
- People at Higher Risk
- What to do if you’re sick
We appreciate everyone’s continued cooperation as we work together to reduce the spread of the COVID-19.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
- COVID-19 Executive Order Regarding Bar & Restaurant Closures
- COVID-19 Related Action Compliance Directive
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.