On November 17, Governor Pritzker announced that Tier 3 mitigations will apply to the entire state on Friday, November 20.
Tier 3 mitigations will begin at 12:01 AM, Friday, November 20. During a conference call for mayors yesterday, Governor Pritzker indicated that he was concerned about the availability of hospital resources given the current increase in cases seen in the state. He is asking all residents and businesses to comply with his order, so that the spread of COVID-19 can be reduced and strain on hospital infrastructure can be avoided.
No community or person is immune to COVID-19. We have all been directly impacted by COVID-19. As I write this, the Lake County Health Department reports that there have been between 570 and 574 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 within village boundaries. This is based upon the data published on the Lake County Health Department website:
I regularly monitor the data from the Lake County Health Department and encourage you to as well. The Lake County Health Department recommends that we maintain social distance, wash our hands and wear masks. I strongly encourage you to take precautions for the safety of yourself, your family members and friends and neighbors.
The Village has taken all necessary precautions to ensure the safe operation of the Village Hall, Public Works and our Police Department. Tier 3 mitigations allow for public meetings to be held at reduced capacity and with adequate social distancing. However, given the increase in cases, I am directing that all future village commission and board meetings be held virtually.
The global pandemic has led to significant financial stress for many in our community, particularly our restaurant owners and their employees. I would like to thank all you for patronizing our restaurants and businesses during this time and ask you to continue to do so as you are able. The Village is continuing to work with our business owners, including the development of an additional round of economic incentives. There are over 20,000 of us in town, working together I am confident that we can keep our restaurants going during this time.
Rhett Taylor, Mayor