Last week, Governor Pritzker announced his intention to extend the Stay-at-Home Order through the end of May. We are still waiting for the final text of the order to be issued, however, the extension is expected to require face coverings to be worn in public anytime that six feet of distance from others cannot be maintained, including places such as grocery stores and pharmacies. The requirement would apply to all individuals over the age of two who are medically able to tolerate a face covering or mask.
If you must visit an essential business, it is important that you maintain distancing and wear face coverings to protect yourself and others. The CDC reports that even those who do not have symptoms can transmit the virus to others. The cloth face coverings recommended are not N-95 nor surgical masks but can be fashioned from household items using common materials. A number of COVID-19 videos have been posted to the Village’s cable television channels, including how to make your own face covering (Comcast channel 6 and U-Verse channel 99).
The extension of the Order is also anticipated to allow non-essential businesses to offer curbside pick-up and delivery options beginning May 1. Our restaurants have expressed their deep appreciation to area residents for the outpouring of support for them during this time. Please continue to support all of our businesses through curbside pick-up and delivery options as often as possible.
As we settle into the month of May, it is critical that we continue to practice physical distancing while still maintaining social connections with our families and communities. The Village website includes a number of options available for residents that want to volunteer or help during this crisis.
Also, consider ways to expand your knowledge and interests during this time while staying connected to La Grange. The La Grange Area Historical Society has walking / biking tours on their website that you can follow at your own pace. Several La Grange businesses offer various art and exercise classes. The La Grange Pet Parade will also be held virtually this year and all residents are invited to submit a video.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced a new text message program, allowing people to text "COVID" to 312-500-3836 in order to register to receive current information and updates about COVID-19. Also, if you haven’t already, please sign-up for the Village’s emergency notification system - Rave / Smart 9-1-1.
This is an extremely challenging time for everyone, and while our routines are being tested and require us to adjust to new norms, please take comfort in knowing that your diligence in adhering to the stay-at-home order and wearing face coverings is saving lives.
I am extremely grateful and proud of our residents, businesses, medical professionals, first responders, essential workers, and our entire community for how we are handling this crisis together.
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