On Wednesday, March 18, Mayor Barry Bass issued a Declaration of Emergency, pursuant to Article 6 of Chapter 5 of the Municipal code regarding Emergency Management and Disaster Authority. The Declaration of Emergency implements the Village’s emergency operations plans, emergency staffing protocols, emergency purchasing procedures, cooperation procedures with other government agencies, and ordered the closure of Village playgrounds. The full Declaration of Emergency can be viewed here.
“By issuing a declaration of emergency, it provides me as Mayor authority, to pay bills and make staffing changes, in order to ensure the continuation of services,” stated Mayor Barry Bass. “We must do everything we can to aggressively combat COVID-19, including maintaining social distancing, constant washing of hands, and staying at home whenever possible. We will get through this current situation, working cooperatively together. Please check on your family and neighbors to see if they need any assistance.”
Over the past weeks, the Village has taken steps to proactively protect public health by closing facilities and modifying operations to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the community. The Village has also canceled all public meetings, through the end of the month. These important steps allow individuals to work remotely and maintain safe distances as has been recommended by state and federal health agencies. The closures do not impact the Village’s Police and Fire emergency services or water production. While reports have indicated that the COVID-19 may result in minor symptoms for most individuals, the actions taken by the Village intend to protect all residents, especially the most vulnerable members of the community.
All questions regarding health and wellness related to COVID-19 should continue to be directed to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s hotline at (800) 889-3931 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In an emergency, dial 911. When calling 911, for the protection of first responders and public health, callers must inform dispatchers if the sick individual is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or has travelled in the past 14 days.
For more information about COVID-19 and the Village’s response, please visit www.lincolnwoodil.org/coronavirus/.