Illinois Governor JB Pritzker today announced a statewide “Stay-at-Home” order, effective March 21, 2020, at 5 p.m. through the end of April 7, 2020. This action is meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to keep Illinois citizens safe and to avoid overtaxing the healthcare system. Read the Governor’s Order here.
What does the Stay-at-Home order mean?
- Residents should stay in their homes as much as possible and stop non-essential social gatherings.
- There should be no gatherings of more than 10 people. (This is a change; previously no more than 50 was recommended.)
- Residents may still go complete essential tasks, for example: go to the grocery store, doctor’s office, pharmacy; put gas in your car, etc.
- Residents can still take walks outside.
- All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic.
- All non-essential workers should stay home and work remotely when possible.
What is an “essential business?”
What does this mean for St. Charles residents?
- All residents should follow the Governor’s Order.
- Residents should continue to practice social distancing to help slow virus transmission. More information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 and the symptoms to watch for is at cdc.gov.
- Do not hoard groceries and supplies.
- The City of St. Charles will continue to provide essential services related to public health, safety and welfare.
The City of St. Charles must adjust how we do business
Some expanded measures will be in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020:
- Other than first responders, City staff will have no longer have face-to-face contact with residents or visitors, until further notice.
- The Police Station at 1515 W. Main Street will be the only City building open to the public. All other City buildings will be closed to the public: Municipal Building at 2 E. Main St., Public Works Facility at 1405 S. 7th Ave., and our three Fire Stations at 112 N. Riverside Ave., 2900 Production Drive, and 2901 Campton Hills Road.
- Work will be limited to essential City functions.
- Some City workers may be working remotely at times.
- Some City departments may not be operating at full staff at times, please be patient.
“The Governor has stressed that all essential services remain available,” said St. Charles Mayor Raymond P. Rogina. “We, as a municipal government, provide essential services to our citizens every day and we will continue to do so to the best of our ability. We will do everything we can to minimize disruption to daily lives and aim to maintain as much normalcy as possible. However, the situation is evolving daily and we do not have all the answers. We ask for patience and understanding as we work through this unprecedented public health crisis together.”
Mayor Rogina appealed to all residents to do their part during this crisis, “Please understand there is a call to action for each one of us to follow the Governor’s order. We have a personal responsibility to be good citizens by practicing safe, preventative measures. I know St. Charles is a thoughtful and caring community. We’re all in this together. And together we will face this.”
More information about the state of Illinois response to the coronavirus outbreak, visit Coronavirus.illinois.gov