New Late-Night Closing Times for Bars & Restaurants
In the interest of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 amid fluctuating regional metrics, I recently issued an Executive Order placing new late-night closing limits on bars and restaurants. Effective Aug. 28, 2020, St. Charles bars and restaurants are required to close by midnight, Monday through Sunday.
All late-night liquor permits are temporarily suspended and late-night permit fees have been refunded.
The goal is to avoid our area regressing under mitigation efforts or returning to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. 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. Kane County was removed from the list Aug. 21. But the warning highlights the need to remain vigilant and act proactively to keep the metrics down.
I’ve thought long and hard about this. 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.
Thank you for your cooperation,