As fall progresses and we begin to plan for upcoming holidays, it can be tempting to “forget” that we remain in the midst of a global pandemic. Unfortunately, we are now seven months into the worsening COVID-19 situation, with positivity rates rising dramatically. Due to a resurgence in COVID-19 in our area, Governor Pritzker released Executive Order 2020-63 this week that requires new COVID-19 mitigation requirements for suburban Cook County (Region 10 of the State’s Restore Illinois Plan). Click here to see the full list of mitigations. These mitigation measures are also being implemented in Lake County, McHenry County and the City of Chicago and are already in place in DuPage, Kane, Kankakee and Will Counties.
Even though Halloween takes place tomorrow, COVID-19 is no “treat,” and given the increasing number of cases there seems be no “trick” to getting it. So, especially on Halloween, and every day, all of us must take to heart the science-based guidelines of wearing masks, distancing, handwashing and avoiding groups and gatherings as we work together to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Glencoe community.
Why is this important?
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic is not improving – in fact, it’s getting dramatically worse. The numbers don’t lie, and they tell a startling story of the growing risk of COVID-19.
In late summer, the Village of Glencoe, Glencoe Park District, Glencoe Public Library and Glencoe District 35 released a joint statement that reiterated the importance of wearing a face mask, washing our hands and keeping our distance from others to limit the spread of COVID-19. This critical guidance from local, state and national public health agencies has not changed from the start of the pandemic in March; in fact, this guidance is even more important today than before.
What can you do?
As I often have said over the past several months, I am once again calling upon the entire Glencoe community to wear a face mask to combat COVID-19. It’s a responsibility we each have to one another to keep our community healthy, our children safely in our schools and our local businesses and restaurants operating. If we do not, both our Region and State face the risk of stricter Restore Illinois mitigations.
You are also important to the vitality of our business community. The newly implemented mitigation measures prohibit indoor dining, and so I strongly encourage you to continue supporting our restaurants when you order take out, take advantage of their outdoor dining options and continue shopping locally.
I thank you for doing your part to keep Glencoe safe.
Lawrence R. Levin