COVID-19 PUBLIC UPDATE 3-23-2020
Macomb, Illinois March 23 – THE MAYOR IS STONGLY ENCOURAGING CITIZENS TO STAY AT HOME AS REQUIRED BY THE GOVERNOR TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.
For questions, comments or recommendations regarding the stay at home order email: Gov.COVID19stakeholder@illinois.gov
More information at: www.coronavirus.illinois.gov
State of Illinois: www.coronavirus.illinois.gov
CDC guidelines for travel, social distancing, and protecting yourself: www.CDC.gov
Illinois Department of Public Health: www.dph.illinois.gov
City of Macomb: www.cityofmacomb.com
Macomb Area Chamber www.macombareachamber.com/coronavirus
New Items 3/23/20
⦁ Mayor issued an Emergency Proclamation consistent with Governor’s Executive Order 2020-07 to allow remote participation of Council members to City Council meetings
⦁ City Administration met with County partners regarding activation of County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to ensure full coordination of response efforts.
⦁ GoWest & MCPT Demand Response are continuing operations and have increased cleaning of buses and vehicles.
⦁ City staff is in the office and continues to monitor the situation and state and federal information.
⦁ 2020 Census letters have gone out and we ask everyone to go online and respond.
⦁ The Mayor and City Administrator attended the McDonough District Hospital’s emergency operations meeting. MDH has a very thorough response to the pandemic.
⦁ McDonough County Transportation’s Demand Response is continuing operations
⦁ The Illinois Zephyr that departs Macomb to Chicago at 7:00 AM and returns from Chicago at 9:20 PM each day continues to operate. Amtrak has discontinued the Carl Sandburg route at this time.
⦁ City Council meetings are canceled until April 6th.
⦁ Waste Management has postponed the Spring City-Wide Clean-up originally scheduled for May 11-18. At this time, regular garbage pick-up and no-sticker yard waste pick-up is scheduled to continue.
⦁ Waste Management has suspended handling of incoming residential calls at the landfill and bulky item collection, either scheduled or extra call.
⦁ City Hall is open with restricted access. We ask community members to communicate first via electronic means before meeting in person.
⦁ The Community room in City Hall is closed until April 6th.
⦁ City payments are accepted via mail, online at City website, and drop box in City Hall parking lot.
⦁ There is increased disinfection being done at City buildings and the train depot.
⦁ There is a moratorium on utility shutoffs for all utility companies. Water disconnections and late fees have been suspended until May 1 or the crisis has passed.
⦁ The City has identified essential operations and essential personnel.
⦁ The City water service department is restricting visits into customer properties except for emergencies.
⦁ Go-West is continuing public transportation operations to provide services to citizens that don’t have other means of transportation.
⦁ Per Governor Pritzker’s executive order 2020-08 onsite consumption of food is halted. Customers may enter the premises for carry-out or may use curbside pickup or delivery. Also, gatherings of 50 people or more are prohibited.
⦁ The CDC has recommended avoiding groups larger than 10.
⦁ With the restaurant’s on-premises service closed, the City has placed parking spots for carry-out and curbside pick-up at the Downtown restaurants.
⦁ Action on administrative hearings for vehicle impoundments has been delayed 30 days.