The Village of Machesney Park is actively monitoring the activities surrounding the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The Village will provide periodic updates on this webpage as information becomes available.  The Winnebago County Health Department is the lead agency for public health in our area and they are working directly with the Illinois Department of Public Health to manage this event. The Village is in communication with County representatives on a daily basis to ensure that Machesney Park residents and businesses are well-informed.

Following the advice of leading public health experts, Governor JB Pritzker first signed a statewide stay at home order on March 19, 2020, with the goal of keeping new cases of COVID-19 from rapidly increasing and ensure the state’s health care system remains fully operational to treat patients in need of urgent care. There have been several modifications to the Governor’s stay at home order and the latest order directing the State to move into Phase 3 is available by clicking here.

As of May 29th, Restaurants and Bars have begun re-opening with outside seating.  Please note that a permit for outdoor seating is required from the Village. Click here to download a permit application form (there is no charge for this permit).

The Village encourages residents to use reliable sources of information for best practices to reduce the spread of this new virus. Residents should call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931 to have all of your COVID-19 questions answered, or you can email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV during non-office hours.

If, at any point, you feel that you may be experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, please make sure you call your health care provider before you visit your doctor or an urgent/immediate/prompt care facility.

Business resources
A variety of resources are available to help businesses during this unprecedented time. Click here to be directed to the COVID-19 Business Resources page.

Village Updates:

  • The Village will continue to deliver all government services, including Public Safety, Public Works, and Community Development, even if an outbreak occurs in our community. Village Hall will remain open to the public, however, Village staff will not be having direct contact with anyone who enters the lobby area to limit the possible spread of the virus.
  • Leaf burning is allowed during the months of April and November, however, due to the respiratory nature of the Covid-19 cornonavirus, the Village is strongly discouraging controlled burning of leaf or yard waste.
  • The Sheriff’s Department will maintain service levels and be responding to emergency calls.  Non-emergency requests for contact with a Sheriff’s Deputy will be addressed via telephone (815-262-2600) until further notice.
  • All Village board and committee meetings will occur as scheduled, but board and committee members will be attending these meetings remotely until further notice. Meetings will be limited to 10 attendees and social distancing (minimum of 6-foot separation) will be enforced.
  • Visit the Destination Machesney social media pages to view information regarding local restaurants offering drive-thru / pick-up / deliveries and special offers from local businesses.
  • Building permits will continue to be issued by the Village.  Please submit permit applications by email (when possible) and pay for them by credit card online or by phone.  For a complete list of construction improvements that require building permits, click here.
  • All building inspections for commercial buildings and new residential construction will continue.  Please note that inspectors may take up to 3-4 days to perform their inspections. The Village contracts through the City of Loves Park for building inspections (815-654-5033). All inspections of occupied residential structures have been deferred to a later date.  This deferral does not negate the need to obtain building permits or inspections – both are required.
  • Rock River Disposal will continue to remove garbage and recycling as normal with the following changes:
    • Residents are asked to bag their garbage (not including recyclables) and dispose of bags in the totes as you normally would to minimize the risk of exposure to Rock River Disposal employees.
    • At this time, yard waste and recycling services are unaffected by the changes; however, Rock River Disposal does anticipate future changes to yard waste and recycling programs.

Restore Illinois Plan

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with marked by distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities. Under the Restore Illinois framework, certain businesses and activities are allowed to resume in Phase 3 with IDPH-approved safety guidance in place.

Read the Plan

To prepare businesses and employers to implement the new safety guidelines and to bring many residents back to work, the State of Illinois developed a business toolkit complete with signage, training checklists, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest and greatest public health recommendations.

Phase 3 guidelines span 10 different industry categories. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

Manufacturing
Manufacturing facilities such as plants, factories and mills

Retail
Retailers and merchandisers such as: grocery stores; hardware stores; clothing stores; pharmacies; department stores; shopping malls

Restaurants and Bars (outdoor dining and drinking)
Full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants, snacks bars, taverns, and other food and beverage businesses

Personal Care Services
Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, waxing centers, tattoo parlors

Offices
Non-customer-facing offices such as: legal; accounting services; architectural/engineering design; and other professional services

Health and Fitness Centers
Gyms, fitness centers, yoga, dance, cycling, pilates, barre studios, and other customer-facing fitness centers

Outdoor Recreation
Customer facing services such as driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges, paintball courses, outdoor adventure parks

Service Counters
Stores providing assorted services for dropped off goods, such as: dry cleaners; electronics repair shops; shoe repair shops; car washes

Day Camps
Recreational youth programs such as sports camps, recreational camps, educational camps

Youth Sports
Youth sports games or matches, group sports lessons, team or group sports practices (no competitive sports permitted in Phase 3)

For more on latest guidelines for places of worship and religious services, please view safety guidelines on IDPH’s website.

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