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Please, see the Center for Disease Control’s list for coronavirus FAQs here.  Lincolnwood-specific FAQs are below.


The Village issued a Declaration of Emergency, what does that mean?

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.

Does the Village have a Health Department? Where can I find information on the total number of COVID-19 cases in the county and in Lincolnwood?

The Village of Lincolnwood is under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH). This means that the Village does not have its own health department, rather we are served by the CCDPH. The CCDPH has launched a page on its website that features data about the COVID-19 pandemic. This page can be accessed by clicking here. This data includes the total of cases in the county, demographic breakdowns and includes a map where you can see the total number of cases within Lincolnwood. If you have questions related to the data listed on the site, please direct them to the CCDPH at (708) 633-4000 or

What does social distancing mean?

Social distancing also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms.

Social distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

To read tips for social distancing, please visit the CDC’s website linked here.  

Are the Village parks and trails open?

Lincolnwood parks, trails, and green spaces remain open for walking, jogging, and biking. We ask that you only visit our parks and trails with only members of your household and maintain a safe physical distance, at least 6-feet from all other people.

How can I stay safe when visiting a park or trail?

Please follow these “Do’s and Don’ts” to help ensure your safety and the safety of others.


  • Recreate on your own
  • Spread out
  • Avoid popular days and times
  • Stay home if sick


  • Play team sports
  • Congregate
  • Bring or leave garbage behind
  • Touch surfaces like playgrounds and benches
What if I am having difficulties paying my water bill due to COVID-19?

Water shut-offs have been put on hold for residents and businesses that fail to pay their bills.  Fees and penalties are also being waived for late paying customers.  Questions can be directed to the Finance Department at (847) 745-4703.

How can I stay informed?

Residents should visit the Village’s Coronavirus page located here.  Follow the Village on social media, and enroll in the Village’s reverse 911 system.  You can enroll by clicking here.  

Should I be wearing a mask or face covering while in public?

Yes.  As of April 27, the Village requires the use of face coverings.  On April 23, a Supplemental Order was issued by Mayor Barry Bass regarding the face coverings also pursuant to the Village’s Declaration of Emergency.  This Order requires all persons over the age of two to wear face coverings, which cover their nose and mouth and are made of cloth or other material that is reasonably designed and made to inhibit, filter, or restrict the breath, sneeze, cough, or other exhaling from one’s nose and mouth.  These coverings are required when engaging in the following activities:

  • Working in or patronizing Essential Businesses and Operations (as defined in Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order) that are open to the public or when employees have contact with the public, which businesses include, without limitation, grocery stores, restaurants, hardware and supply stores, financial institutions, laundry services, essential government functions, construction sites, automotive repair shops, landscaping activities, and any home or curbside delivery carriers.
  • Engaging in essential activities such as shopping for necessary supplies and services, seeking medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional.
  • Riding in public transportation, taxis, or ride share vehicles.

A business owner or operator may refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face covering as required by this order. This order went into effect on Monday April 27, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.  The full Order which also includes exceptions and types of appropriate face coverings can also be found here.

These guidelines for face masks and coverings are based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please visit their website here for more information, including how to wear and make a cloth face mask/covering

Where can I find information regarding business resources available during this time?

Please visit our webpage that contains business resources available during COVID-19, which an be found here.

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