COVID-19 Response information

A Message from Village President Sterling Burke

November 19, 2020

Effective, Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the entire State of Illinois will go into Tier 3 COVID mitigation. According to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Tier 3 boils down to this: if you don't need to do it, don't. "You should not attend meetings, dinners or gatherings outside your own household”.

Tier 3 mitigations aims to limit gatherings and encourages residents to stay home as much as possible and follow proper safety measures when out in public. "Any time there is a gathering, there is an opportunity for transmission," Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.

The Tier 3 resurgence mitigations will be in effect for three weeks. "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," Pritzker said.

According to the Governor, COVID-19 is spreading at an exponential rate in every region of the state, the statewide positivity rate is greater than 15%, a record high, and hospitalizations are already 1,000 over the spring peak of 5,847. IDPH projections show the state could be on track to see 17,000 to 45,000 additional COVID-19 deaths by March 1st — more lives lost than in the pandemic so far. Hospitals are running short of staff and 1 in 15 people in Chicago may have the virus.

Everyone must do their part to stem the spread of the virus, just as we did in the spring.

"There is no denying that the state is headed in the wrong direction with increased cases, hospitalizations, and deaths," Dr. Ezike said. "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 stronger stay at home order may be required.

For all regions, additional mitigation measures for the following settings and industries:

• Retail: Operate at no more than 25 percent capacity. Encourage delivery or curbside pick-up options whenever possible.

• Personal care services: Operate at lesser of 25 clients or 25 percent capacity. Suspend services where a face covering can't be worn (facials, beard trims).

• Health and fitness centers: No indoor group classes. Operate at no more than 25 percent capacity. Locker room areas should be closed.

• Hotels: Limited to registered guests only. Fitness centers closed or operating on a reservation model. Event and meeting spaces closed.

• Manufacturing: Stagger and space shifts. Only manufacturing staff and key personnel allowed in facilities. Non-production employees must work remotely.

• Bars and restaurants: No indoor service. All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables outside.

• Meetings and social events: Limit in-home gatherings to household members. No party buses. Meeting rooms, banquet centers, private party rooms, private clubs and country clubs may not host gatherings.

• Offices: All employees who can work remotely should work remotely.

• Organized group recreational activities: Pause all indoor group sports and recreational activities (youth and adults). Outdoor sports and recreation is allowed.

• Indoor recreation, theater, cultural institutions: Gaming and casinos close. Theaters, performing arts centers, indoor museums and amusement centers closed.

Outdoor group activities limited to 10 people or less, guests must wear face coverings at all times. Grocery stores across the state will remain open with 50 percent capacity, according to the mitigations. Childcare facilities may continue to operate subject to guidelines from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, Residents are urged to stay home as much as possible and celebrate upcoming holidays with members of their immediate household. Residents over the age of two years are required to wear a face covering when out in public and social distancing is not easily achievable.

For more up to date information visit https://www.olympia-fields.com/342/COVID-19-Response-information.

Remember, if you don't need to go out, don't.

Sterling Burke
Village President

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November 12, 2020

Dear Olympia Fields Resident,

Tuesday, the Governor announced new guidance recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as it relates to COVID-19 and the increase in the Illinois positivity rate. The guidelines recommend that for the next three weeks, residents stay home as much as possible, leaving only for necessary and essential activities such as work that must be performed outside of the home, medical appointments, visiting the pharmacy or buying groceries. The guidance from the IDPH suggest that you work remotely from home and eliminate travel when possible.

The state of Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area has seen a significant spike in COVID cases. Olympia Fields has seen a 200% increase in confirmed cases in the past 14 days, with 153 confirmed cases to date and 17 cases reported last week.

Effective Friday, November 13th, Village Hall and the Public Works Building will be closed, in an effort to protect the public and our employees from inadvertent exposure and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 until Monday, December 7th.

We remind residents that all Village departments remain available via telephone or email and ask for your understanding. We will continue to perform essential functions, including police protection and water/sewer services, while practicing social distancing, other non-essential functions will operate on a modified basis. Residents are encouraged to continue to reach us by calling the main phone number, 708-503-8000, between 9am and 3pm daily, payments can be made online, or use the drop box located just south of the main entrance at Village Hall.

The Village will continue to monitor and assess protocols and adjust as needed. We will continue to provide valuable information to the community on the Village's website and via emails or text messages. If you have not done so, please signed up to receive alert notifications at https://www.olympia-fields.com/145/Sign-Up-For .

Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these uncertain times. Remember, staying home, practicing social distancing, washing hands and wearing a face covering, saves lives.

Sterling Burke,
Village President

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June 12, 2020

Dear Residents,

Consistent with the guidelines for Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, The Village of Olympia Fields re-opened to the public on Monday, June 15th. 

 All services that were made available remotely to accommodate the closure in March, due to the pandemic, will continue to be available remotely and in person until Illinois moves to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan. The public is encouraged to continue to conduct business via mail, drop box, email or phone, however, if you need to conduct business in person at Village Hall please note that all visitors are required to wear a face covering to enter any municipal building, and social distance of at least 6 ft. should be maintained. Also, if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms we ask that you stay home and not enter any of the municipal facilities.

All meetings scheduled for the month of July have been added to the “Upcoming Events” calendar on the Village’s website. With the transition to Phase 4, gatherings of up to 50 people or 50% room capacity, the lesser of the two, are now permitted with a minimum of 6 ft. between individuals to ensure social distancing. Until further notice all meetings will take place in the Board Rooms of the meeting facility to ensure that we are appropriately social distancing as recommended by the CDC and the IDPH.

Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these uncertain times. Remember, staying home, practicing social distancing, washing hands and wearing a face covering, saves lives.

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June 8, 2020

Dear Residents 

The Village of Olympia Fields is now in Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan. Village Hall will re-open to the public Monday, June 15th and Village staff will return to semi-normal working hours, 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday, with increased safety protocols and appropriate social distancing practices.

Some of the precautions implemented at Village Hall to reduce the risk of spread of the virus are:

• Touchless temperature screenings for all employees

• All visitors/customers conducting business will be required to wear a face covering when entering the building

• Maintain 6-ft social distancing as recommended by the CDC and the IDPH

• Limit the number of visitors/customers allowed inside of Village Hall at one time as recommended by the CDC and the IDPH

Additionally, at this time, the Village Board of Trustees will continue to conduct Board meetings remotely, until it is safe to once again gather in crowds of 50 people or more. To review the entire Restore Illinois plan, visit www.dph.illinois.gov/restore.

During our Phase 3 reopening, we thank you for your patience and understanding. Residents are encouraged to continue to reach us by calling the main phone number, 708-503-8000, and to make payments online, or use the drop box located just south of the main entrance at Village Hall. As our “new normal” continues to evolve, the Village will continue to monitor and assess these protocols. Please stay informed, exercise preventative measures and safe practices, and be mindful of others. We are all in this together, and only together can we defeat COVID-19.

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April 30, 2020

Dear Residents:

Today the Governor is expected to announce the extension of Executive Order 2020-10, ordering everyone to stay home, to work from home or shelter in at their place of residence. This new extension will be until May 30, 2020. Village Hall and non-essential services will remain closed in accordance with the Executive Order. We will continue to monitor the recommendations of the Governor's Office, the CDC and the IDPH.

Illinois has not peaked yet and Cook County cases are still growing, more than 42% since last week. This is why the executive order has been extended. The well-being of our community is of the utmost importance, and the greatest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continues to be to limit exposure.

This COVID-19 pandemic is real and extremely dangerous particularly to the senior population and to those with compromised immune systems. The Village has done a very good job minimizing the virus in our community. We have the lowest number of tragic cases in the southern suburbs. Sunrise Villa has done a phenomenal job protecting our most vulnerable, with zero cases. Thank all of you for adhering to the Governors executive order, staying home, washing your hands and practicing social distancing to save lives.

I'm asking that you please continue to do your part by following the CDC's and IDPH's precautionary measures to help mitigate the spread of this deadly virus. Under the Governors new executive order, you will have more options outside of your home but you will be required to wear a face covering when in public or while working. Please read the Governor's new executive order and Police Chief Morgan's message to our residents on our Village COVID-19 mini-site at www.olympia-fields.com. The website is updated daily with the latest information on the ongoing response to the pandemic. It provides one stop shopping to valuable information about how to stay safe, frequently asked questions, and available alerts and resources in and around our Village. 

As this is a developing situation, the Village will continue to monitor and assess protocols and adjust as needed. We will continue to provide valuable information to the community on the Village's website via emails or text messages. If you have not done so, please signed up to receive alert notifications at www.olympia-fields.com.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. In the meantime, please exercise preventative measures and safe practices, be mindful of others, and check on your neighbors and loved ones.

Thank you for listening to this important announcement and together we will get through these unprecedented times. Remember, staying home, practicing social distancing, washing hands and wearing a face covering, saves lives.

Sincerely,

Sterling M. Burke
Village President

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On March 21, 2020, we made the decision to close Village Hall and the Public Works Building to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Since that time the Governor of the State of Illinois enacted Executive Order 2020-10 ordering everyone to stay home, work from home or shelter in at their place of residence, except as allowed within the Executive Order. Village Hall and non-essential services will remain closed in accordance with the Executive Order. We will continue to monitor the recommendations of the Governor’s Office, the CDC and the IDPH.

This COVID-19 pandemic is real and extremely dangerous particularly to the senior population and to those with compromised immune systems. Our staff and its extended family have not been immune. We have five confirmed cases of coronavirus and four cases where we are waiting for test results. In Illinois, cases are doubling every 3 to 4 days. The well-being of our community is of the utmost importance, and the greatest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to limit exposure.

Please do your part by following the CDC’s and IDPH’s precautionary measures to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and save lives. If you are staying home, practicing social distancing and washing your hands, you are helping to save lives.

To help saves lives, The Village of Olympia Fields is announcing two initiatives. First, we have developed a new Coronavirus mini website to provide the latest up-to-date information on the ongoing response to the pandemic. It provides one stop shopping to valuable information about how to stay safe, frequently asked questions, and available alerts and resources in and around our village. Please go to www.olympia-fields.com

Second, with everyone staying home, practicing social distancing and constant washing of your hands, your water bills may increase. The village will discount the April or May bill by 10% depending on your billing cycle.

Thank you for your understanding, patience and support during this time. As this is a developing situation, The Village will continue to monitor and assess these protocols and adjust as needed. We will alert the community via the Village’s website so please sign up to receive email notifications at www.olympia-fields.com.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. In the meantime, please exercise preventative measures and safe practices, be mindful of others, and check on your neighbors and loved ones.

Thank you for listening to this important announcement and together we will get thru these unprecedented times. Remember, staying home, practicing social distancing and washing hands saves lives.

Sincerely,

Sterling M. Burke
Village President

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March 16, 2020

Village Residents,

In response to the guidance of health officials with the Centers for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the decision by the Governor of the State of Illinois, ordering all restaurants and bars across the state to close to dine-in customers starting at the end of business ‪today through March 30th, The Village of Olympia Fields is implementing a series of precautionary measures to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The well being of our community is of the utmost importance, and the greatest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to limit exposure. With that in mind, effective immediately, for the safety of our residents and staff, Village Hall (20040 Governors Highway) and the Public Works Building (20701 Governors Highway) will suspend all non-emergency operations and shut down ‪until Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

As of last Friday, all regularly scheduled meetings for the Board of Trustees, Committees and Commissions and Homeowner Associations were cancelled. Effective today, all non-emergency in home appointments and inspections have been suspended. Residents will have the option to make payments online, or use the drop box located just south of the main entrance at Village Hall. The public should continue to call the general phone number, ‪708-503-8000, and phone calls will be directed to the correct staff person who will respond in as timely a manner as possible.

The health and safety of our residents and staff is our prime objective. It is important that we limit the spread of the virus in our community by practicing social distancing, prudent use of existing health care options and available public safety resources. Residents should continue to call ‪911 in cases of emergencies. While first responders will continue to respond to 911 calls, they are making contingency plans and modifying procedures as appropriate.

The COVID-19 pandemic is extremely dangerous particularly to the senior population and to those with compromised immune systems. We will have regular updates from St. James Hospital on the Village’s website as they receive the latest news from the CDC and the IDPH as the events continue to evolve.

Thank you for your understanding, patience and support during this time. As this is a developing situation, the Village will continue to monitor and assess these protocols and adjust as needed. We will alert the community via email and the Village’s website so please sign up to receive email notifications at ‪www.olympia-fields.com.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. In the meantime, please exercise preventative measures and safe practices, be mindful of others, and check on your neighbors and loved ones.

Sincerely,

Sterling M. Burke
Village President