In the interest of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 amid fluctuating regional metrics, St. Charles Mayor Raymond P. Rogina has issued an Executive Order placing new late-night closing limits on bars and restaurants. Effective midnight, Aug. 28, 2020, St. Charles bars and restaurants will be required to close by midnight, Monday through Sunday.
All late-night liquor permits are temporarily suspended as of midnight, Aug. 28, 2020, and all late-night permit fees will be refunded.
“The goal is to avoid our area regressing under mitigation efforts or returning to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan.” said Mayor Rogina. “It’s in the late-night hours that following proper social distancing and other public health recommendations tend to become more lax. Signs are pointing to backsliding to Phase 3 if we don’t do something now. I want St. Charles to do its part in helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in our area.”
On Aug. 14, the Kane County Health Department warned that Kane County was added to the Illinois Department of Public Health Watch List for significant increases of COVID-19 transmission. While Kane County was removed from the list Aug. 21, the warning highlights the need to remain vigilant and act proactively to keep the metrics down.
I’ve thought long and hard about this,” said Mayor Rogina. “I feel this action is in the best interest of the health and safety of the public. I want to take a measured approach and keep our area moving in the right direction. I ask everyone to follow recommendations to wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands.”
Offering one establishment’s perspective about closing at an earlier time to avoid going back to the stricter regulations of Phase 3, Maurice McNally of McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub in St. Charles said, ”I support restraint as opposed to finding ourselves closed again.”