On Tuesday, May 5, the Village Board approved a resolution to cancel or postpone upcoming community events in the Village. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has required the Village and its neighbors to cancel events and recreation programs since mid-March. Governor Pritzker has issued an executive order limiting nonessential activities and social gatherings, and on April 23, it was announced the order would be extended through May 30, 2020. The State of Illinois has released the Restore Illinois plan to serve as a template for Illinois’ response and guide the efforts of local communities to begin the process of reopening. At this time the Village will need to put on hold on gatherings in excess of 10 people but less than 50 until Phase 4 – Revitalization (Phase 4) is reached for the region. To achieve Phase 4, several factors need to occur including stability / decreasing for hospital admissions, benchmarks for testing positivity rates are reached, testing is available regardless of symptoms or risk factors, and contract tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in the region. Once these items are realized the Village will be able to look at opening some of the larger gathering and programs in compliance with Phase 4 guidelines.
The Village has planned several community events throughout 2020. Due to the uncertain nature of whether social gatherings will be permitted or advisable, the Village Board held a discussion at the May 5 Committee of the Whole to determine whether certain events should be canceled or postponed. The Village Board and took action on the following events:
Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, May 25, 2020:
- The parade and ceremony have been canceled and a virtual event will be presented to honor Military personnel who died in the service of our Country.
Summer Concert Series, June 18, 2020 – July 30, 2020:
- The first three concerts have been canceled (June 18, June 25, and July 2) and concerts following July 4 will be re-evaluated, and a determination will be made.
Additional information about ongoing closures due to COVID-19 and availability of services throughout Lincolnwood can be found on the Village’s coronavirus web page located here and is also posted to the Village’s social media accounts, and will continue to be updated as information becomes available.
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