COVID-19 Updates and Resources
The Village of Homer Glen will continue to provide regular updates to our residents and local businesses, as information becomes available. Village staff is in constant communication with its partner agencies and first responders to make sure necessary information is disseminated. This site will be the primary local source for information. Please follow us on Facebook and our website to stay informed of local happenings and programs that may be able to assist our community during this difficult time. Resources and helpful links are listed below.
The Village of Homer Glen prides itself on excellent public service to our community. In response to the COVID pandemic, effective November 20, Village operations will be adjusted to adhere to the Governor's Tiered 3 mitigation measures. All Village services will continue to be provided to our residents and businesses; however, the revised protocols in our Tier 3 Mitigation Plan will be observed.
Public Health Officials Announce Tier Three Resurgence Mitigations to Take Effect Statewide on Friday Following Sharp Increase in COVID-19 Cases
As State Reports Record-Breaking Daily Case Totals and Hospitalizations, New Mitigations Aimed at Saving Lives, Protecting Economy, and Preventing Another Stay at Home Order; “Tier 3 boils down to this: if you don’t need to do it, don’t.” – Gov. Pritzker
CHICAGO – With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across the state of Illinois, the Midwest and the nation, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced additional COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will take effect in every region across the state in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Tier 3 mitigations build on the Resurgence Mitigation Plan released in July to suppress the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overrun. This latest round of mitigations aims to limit gatherings and encourages residents to stay home as much as possible and follow proper safety measures when out in public. The mitigations carefully balance the paramount goal of saving lives while preserving the option for in-person learning for children and protecting as much of the economy as possible from the continued impacts of the virus.
The Tier 3 resurgence mitigations will take effect statewide at 12:01 am on Friday, November 20, 2020.
“To stop this spread and preserve some semblance of the holidays, all of us need to do more than just wear our masks now – though masks are mandatory throughout the state. The simple fact is that COVID-19 is spreading so quickly and so widely, and our hospitals are beginning to experience real strain and at the current infection rate they will be overwhelmed. So whenever possible, we need you to stay home,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “I’m hopeful that by limiting our in-person interactions, we will succeed at avoiding a stay at home order like what we had in the spring – when the choice between saving lives and saving livelihoods was even more stark. Tier 3 may allow us to do both. Like in other states like Michigan and California and Washington, it’s our best effort to avoid a stay-at-home order and save lives.”
The first tiers of the Resurgence Mitigation Plan initially suppressed the virus and protected the progress Illinois made towards bending the curve during the Spring, while allowing each of the state’s eleven regions to progress through the phases based on local metrics. But with COVID-19 spread now exponential in every region of the state, our statewide positivity rate at record highs and hospitalizations already surpassing our Spring peak, an additional tier of more stringent, statewide mitigations is required to combat the surge and preserve hospital capacity.
“There is no denying that the state is headed in the wrong direction with increased cases, hospitalizations, and deaths,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “There also is no denying that reducing the opportunities for the virus to spread can reverse our direction. This includes staying home as much as possible, wearing a mask and keeping social distance when we do have to go out, and not gathering with people outside our households. Until a vaccine is widely available and people understand the importance of being vaccinated, we must continue to take preventive actions to stop the transmission of the virus. Right now, our preventive actions are the best way to prevent new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.”
While this latest round of mitigations does not include a stay at home order, if the mitigations are not adhered to and cases continue to rise in the weeks ahead, another order may be required. For all regions, additional mitigation measures taking effect Friday, November 20th include guidance for the following settings and industries:
• Personal Car Services
• Health and Fitness Centers
• Bars and Restaurants
• Meetings and Social Events
• Organized Group Recreational Activities
• Indoor Recreation, Theater, Cultural Institutions
As they have since the start of COVID-19, grocery stores across the state will remain open and available. Child care facilities may continue to operate subject to guidelines from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. School districts and officials should continue to follow the extensive guidance released by the Illinois State Board of Education in August to make decisions related to in-person and remote learning at the local level.
To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, Illinois residents are urged to stay home as much as possible and celebrate upcoming holidays with members of their household. Illinoisans over the age of two years are required to wear a face covering when out in public and social distancing is not easily achievable. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or who may have been in contact with someone exhibiting symptoms should seek out testing and quarantine at home; anyone who has tested positive for the virus should isolate at home as directed by their physician or local health department.
IDPH will continue to track the positivity rates and hospital capacity metrics in regions over a 14-day monitoring periods to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place. In order for a region to move back to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must experience less than 7-day 12 percent test positivity average for three consecutive days AND greater than 20 percent available intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital bed availability for three consecutive days AND declining 7-day COVID hospitalizations average in 7 out of the last 10 days. Follow the latest regional metrics at: https://dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics
In response to the rising test positivity rate statewide, the administration continues to strengthen its nation-leading testing operation. Last week, the state reported a record high of 114,370 tests within a 24-hour period, now averaging more than 97,800 tests per day. Although the administration continues to build upon this progress, the state’s rate of growth in positivity is outpacing the growth in testing. It is critical to get tested before developing symptoms, as testing remains free to all Illinois residents and readily available throughout the state. To find a testing center near you, please visit DPH.Illinois.Gov/Testing.
Read Mayor Yukich's statement concerning the most recent round of resurgence mitigation requirements for Region 7.
State officials announced that additional mitigation measures will be put in place for Region 7 (Will and Kankakee Counties) and Region 8 (DuPage and Kane Counties) effective on October 23. Read the Official Press Release here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted general considerations for fall and winter holidays with alternatives for Halloween activities.
Will County Reopening!
Exciting news! The Governor's Office announced that Will County has reached the threshold to move out of the enhanced mitigation restrictions that have been imposed on Region 7 for the last several weeks.
Restaurants and bars can now return to Phase 4. The return to Phase 4 begins at 5:00 p.m. today.
Click Here for previous guidance on Phase 4
The Governor's office and Dr. Ezike did highlight the need to continue our efforts to have residents wear masks, washing their hands frequently, and maintain social distancing.
As we have previously passed along, the State DCEO will give priority for BIG grants to those regions under enhanced mitigation. That prioritization will continue for at least the next several weeks to allow Region 7 businesses time to prepare and submit applications.
Click Here for information on this program
Read Mayor Yukich's statement concerning resurgence mitigations requirements for Region 7.
The Governor’s Office and IDPH announced that Region 7 has activated the state’s mitigation plan, effective Wednesday, August 26, due to having three consecutive days of an average test positivity rate at or above 8%. Region 7 is a two-county region including Kankakee and Will counties.
The state originally announced a mitigation plan to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19. As a part of that mitigation plan, the Governor announced that the state would be modifying its regional boundaries to largely follow IDPH’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions. The state’s website listing what phase each region is in.
- Bars and restaurants must be closed by 11 p.m.
- Bars and restaurants can serve patrons at tables with outdoor seating only. No indoor service or seating is allowed.
- No ordering, seating or congregating at the bar is allowed and it is recommended that bar stools be removed. No indoor service or seating is allowed.
- Bars and restaurants must limit parties to no more than six per table with outdoor seating only; tables should be six feet apart.
- Reservations for all groups are required.
- No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting the premises.
- Meetings, social events and gatherings are limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25% of overall room capacity. (This restriction modifies the previous limitation of the lesser of 50 people or 50% of overall room capacity.)
- All reception halls are closed.
- No party buses are allowed.
- Gaming and casinos must be closed by 11:00 p.m. and are limited to 25% capacity.
Guidelines for Youth and Adult Recreation Sports (available via this link), which went into effect on August 15, still apply and are not affected by the enhanced mitigations.
These mitigations will be in effect until the region is able to reduce its seven-day rolling average test positivity rate to or below 6.5% for 14 consecutive days. The 6.5% positivity rate target was selected by IDPH because it signifies a committed and aggressive reduction in the amount of infections in the region. When the region is able to meet the 6.5% sustained positivity rate target, the region will be allowed to return to regular Phase 4 guidelines without these enhanced mitigations.
IDPH is providing daily updates on their COVID-19 website regarding the metrics used to determine each phase of the Governor’s “Restore Illinois” plan. Those metrics include COVID-19 admissions to the region’s hospitals, the region’s COVID-19 test positivity rate and the available surge capacity at the region’s hospitals. IDPH is now providing metrics for each individual county.
Announcing the Will County Small Business Grant Program
Your business may be eligible for up to $15,000
The Village of Homer Glen is distributing a new grant opportunity to small business owners in our community to help mitigate the financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please open the following links to check eligibility and take advantage of this Will County small business grant opportunity.
The Illinois General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) approved IDPH's emergency rulemaking regarding the use of face coverings.
A municipality may refer any complaints received alleging a violation of the rulemaking to the local public health department or IDPH. Violations of this rulemaking can only be brought against businesses, not individuals.
The following enforcement process will apply under the new rules:
- First, businesses will be given a warning in the form of written notice and encouraged to voluntarily make “reasonable efforts” to comply with public health guidance.
- Second, businesses that do not voluntarily comply will be given an order to have some or all of their patrons leave the premises as needed to comply with public health guidance and reduce risks.
- Third, if the business continues to refuse to comply, the business can receive a class A misdemeanor citation and be subject to a fine ranging from $75-$2,500.
On Saturday, August 8, President Donald Trump announced his signing of four executive orders in response to the breakdown of congressional negotiations over another round of federal stimulus efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The four orders addressed unemployment, deferring payroll taxes, student loans and evictions. Each of the orders are linked below:
- Executive Order Regarding Unemployment
- Executive Order Regarding Payroll Taxes
- Executive Order Regarding Student Loans
- Executive Order Regarding Evictions
On Monday, August 10, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority announced the creation of an Emergency Rental Assistance Program and an Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program. Governor’s Press Release.
The Governor announced new mitigation steps called Actions to Combat a Resurgence of COVID-19 that the State will apply in the event it experiences spikes like those that have occurred recently across the country. The plan calls for an expansion of the health regions from the current four to eleven.
The new regions in which the metropolitan Chicago region are divided include:
SOUTH SUBURBAN: Kankakee, Will
WEST SUBURBAN: DuPage, Kane
NORTH SUBURBAN: Lake, McHenry
SUBURBAN COOK: Suburban Cook
CHICAGO: City of Chicago
Governor Pritzker has signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Saturday, July 25, 2020.
Governor Pritzker has signed Executive Order 2020-43 which supersedes the previous order to reflect the changes in Phase 4.
Governor Pritzker has signed Executive Order 2020-44 which extends previous executive orders.
Click here for FULL LIST of Updates.
Village Board Launches COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Assistance Program
Partnering to Keep the Lights On
At the March 25 meeting, Mayor Yukich and the Village Board of Trustees proactively approved COVID-19 financial assistance for small businesses to Keep the Lights On. The program provides financial assistance to eligible independently-owned businesses in Homer Glen. Up to a $10,000 line of credit is available with loans offered at zero percent (0%) interest. Click on the link below for the program details and application form. Eligible businesses can apply now.
Building Permits & Inspections
The Building Department is open during its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Masks are required when entering the building. Applications for building permits can be submitted in person, by email, fax, or regular mail. The Village’s permits are available on the Permit Application page. The Village will not require payment of permit fees at time of application unless you are submitting in person. Permit fees will now be able to be paid at time of permit issuance. Village staff will still be conducting inspections, practicing social distancing protocols. The processes for issuing building permits and requesting inspections will continue with no changes. The Village has installed a drop box by the Village’s main entrance that will allow residents/contractors to drop off plans and permit applications. All possible efforts will be taken to not disrupt construction in the Village, while still protecting the public and Village staff.
Utilities and Services
- AT&T - Offers added relief for customers.
- Comcast - New policies for the next 60 days including free WiFi hotspots for everyone, no disconnects or late fees, and more.
- ComEd - Imposing a moratorium on the service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1.
- Homewood Disposal - No changes to service.
- Illinois American Water - In addition to suspending shut-offs, ILAW is suspending late fees until further notice.
- Nicor Gas - Nicor has suspended service disconnections for non-payment through May 1.
Please DINE LOCAL! Thank you to all of our local restaurants that have decided to remain open for the public, offering drive-thru, curb-side pick-up, and/or delivery. In an effort to promote our local businesses, the Village attempted to contact all of our local restaurants to compile a list of those that will still remain open. We will update this list as additional information is received.
The latest news. programs, and resources for businesses can be found on the Business Resource page.
Residents can find information and resources for child care, filing for unemployment, taxes, support services, and volunteer opportunities related to the COVID-19 epidemic on the Resident Resources page.
Links to Government websites with credible information and resources related to the Coronavirus can be found on the Coronavirus Government Resources page.
Information about face-coverings is provided on the Face Mask Page.
Answers to frequently asked questions are provided by various agencies on the Frequently Asked Questions page.