Last weekend really felt like spring in Glencoe; two days filled with warm sunshine, birds singing and flowers blooming made for the perfect opportunity to be outside. It made us grateful that we have wonderful amenities to enjoy in the spring, like the Glencoe Golf Club, our parks, lakefront and the Green Bay Trail. The beautiful weather and the enjoyment of being outside also made it easy to forget, if just for one sunny moment, that we are in the midst of a pandemic and that COVID-19 is still spreading in Illinois.
It is important for all members of our community to remember in spite of spring weather, the pandemic with its risks is not yet behind us. We still have work to do and a part to play in helping to contain it. As of May 1, Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order requires all Illinoisans – including us here in Glencoe – to wear face coverings in public when social distancing is not possible. This requirement applies to all residents over age two who are medically able to wear a face covering.
As Village President, I thank our residents and business employees that have been doing their part and using face coverings. However, while many of our residents are doing their part and using face coverings in public, unfortunately, some are not. I think it is worth reminding everyone that by social distancing and wearing face coverings, we are not only protecting ourselves but are also protecting our neighbors and all the critical workers (including our Village work force) who have put themselves at risk to take care of us.
The more careful we are about social distancing and wearing face masks, the sooner we can return to a sense of normalcy. For now, please make note of the following:
- When walking, running or cycling, keep at least six feet of separation between yourself and others, and use a face covering if social distancing is not possible. Runners and cyclists, I especially ask for your help with this, particularly when passing others.
- You can also play a round of golf at the Glencoe Golf Club, with a few modifications. Golfers can play in twosomes or alone, but you must register in advance for tee times. Be ready to carry your bag – the Governor’s Order provides that power carts and rented pull carts cannot be used. Also required under the Governor’s Order, golfers must wear a face covering if they cannot maintain at least six feet of separation from others. Last, the Golf Club restaurant is only providing take-out, with the restaurant itself, Clubhouse, restrooms, and Pro Shop remaining closed to both members of the public and golfers alike.
- You can still enjoy downtown Glencoe by picking up takeout from our restaurants or items from our retailers. However, please be mindful to practice social distancing, wear a face covering and fight the temptation to gather and linger in these areas as we ordinarily would. You will see new signs downtown in the coming days as a reminder to practicing social distancing.
Most importantly, what each of us does in our community matters and impacts others. Every step we take to limit further spread of COVID-19 brings us one step closer to our region being ready for the next phase of Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” Plan.
Continue to enjoy our warm, sunny spring days, but remember to maintain your space, cover your face and that we are all in this together.
Read important updates about the Village's response to COVID-19 here.