Dear friends and neighbors,
Starting today, Glencoe and the rest of Illinois will start to look a little different than it has for the past several months and certainly look differently than it did before the pandemic started. That we have arrived at this point in our community and in our State is due in large part to the shared commitment to safe practices of health experts, first responders, essential workers and the public at large. I want to thank each of you – our residents and our businesses - for your continued commitment to the Governor’s Orders, to public health experts’ guidance, and to the safety and well-being of our community. We’re not out of the woods yet, but we are on the right track.
As we move into the third phase of reopening under the Governor’s five-phase Restore Illinois plan, we can go to restaurants but will have to dine outside and tables will have to remain six feet apart. Servers and customers will be wearing masks (except while eating). In addition to working with restaurants to accommodate additional sidewalk seating, the Village is also exploring additional outdoor seating options and continues to work closely with our business community on transition plans. The Village Board is committed to finding ways to support our businesses. We plan to discuss how to appropriately allocate additional outdoor seating at a Special Virtual Village Board meeting on Monday, June 1 at 5 pm.
Also starting on Friday, we can gather with family and friends (but keep it to 10 people), and we can finally get that long-awaited haircut! I know I certainly need one. Some outdoor fitness classes can resume, and for our golfing enthusiasts you can once again play in four-somes at our Glencoe Golf Club. These are just a few examples of the changes allowed. Our Glencoe Park District partners have been able to provide more outdoor recreation options as well, which is a step welcomed by many. Likewise, our Public Library is working to be more and more accessible to you through new programming and their curbside book program.
The State has issued specific guidelines for different activities along with workplace and program-specific guidelines. We are working to ensure that everyone impacted by the changes being made in Phase 3 have the resources they need to comply.
As we move into this next step in our recovery, I urge you to continue to do your part so that we can all feel comfortable and confident entering this new phase. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, please adhere to the following health and safety guidelines - it bears repeating over and over again (especially as we have begun see people not heeding these warnings).
Please take these simple yet vital steps to protect yourself and others:
Maintain Your Space
- Social distancing (or staying six feet apart) has worked to flatten the curve. By continuing to practice social distancing, we can continue to limit the spread of the virus.
Cover Your Face- Wear your face covering in public (when social distancing can’t be maintained)
- Make sure it covers your mouth and nose
Keep it Clean- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Remember the 20 second rule!
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
We want you to get out and visit your favorite restaurants and retail businesses and as we know, they need our support now more than ever. But please, let’s do it safely and responsibly so we do not go backward.
While reopening may bring feelings of hopefulness and optimism, it may also create fear and anxiety. As we’ve demonstrated throughout this pandemic, we are Glencoe strong! We truly are in this together!
I’m proud of all we have done together thus far, and I appreciate your continued partnership. As we take these next steps, I look forward to seeing you at one of our fabulous restaurants or stores soon. Just don’t forget those masks!
Lawrence R. Levin, Village President
The State has created online tool kits to help businesses and employers safely reopen and keep employees and customers safe. Learn more:
- Phase 3 Business Toolkit
- Restore Illinois Phase 3 Guidelines for reopening business and returning people to work safely