COVID-19 & Municipal Services Updates

Village's COVID-19 Informational Update
Posted on 05/22/2020
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This page will be updated with the latest COVID-19 information provided by the Village of Arlington Heights. Last update was May 20, 2020 .

Board Approves Arlington Al Fresco Plan, Business & Resident Relief Program.

Following Board approval on May 18th, Village staff will continue to formalize plans for "Arlington Al Fresco", which includes a closure of Vail Avenue and Campbell Street in downtown to allow public right of way to be used for outdoor dining space. The plan also includes allowing restaurants outside of the downtown area to have outdoor seating on private property. Review the online application for restaurants outside of Downtown.

In addition to Arlington Al Fresco, the Board approved a Coronavirus Relief Package to assist businesses and residents financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For small businesses, the Village will modify an existing small business zero-interest loan program that companies can use to help fund operating costs, rent, mortgages and property taxes. The maximum individual loan will be $10,000, and will include terms of paying back the loan over three years, beginning in 2021. More details on the loan program will be released soon.

As part of the relief package, much of a $165,000 supplemental federal grant received by the Village will be allocated to the emergency assistance fund for residents who qualify for the program. To learn more about the financial assistance program view the qualifications and application here. Annually, the Village spends $45,000 on rent assistance, but since March alone, it has spent $47,000.

Outdoor Dining Applications for Restaurants Outside of Downtown

While the details of Arlington Al Fresco are being finalized for Downtown, restaurants outside of the Downtown who want to use part of their private property for outdoor dining can fill out this application. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Existing restaurants with indoor seating are eligible for outdoor dining in private parking lots, as long as they have permission from the private parking lot property owner.

  • Restaurants with the ability to meet the State, Federal, and Local Emergency orders with respect to occupancy.

  • The outdoor dining area will be permitted from the date of approval through the end of September 2020.

Governor Releases Restore Illinois Plan
Governor Pritzker released "Restore Illinois" which is a five-phased plan on reopening the state, guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase.  It is anticipated that this plan will be updated as research and science develop and as the potential for treatments or vaccines is realized.

The plan is based upon regional healthcare availability, and it recognizes the distinct impact COVID-19 has had on different regions of the state as well as regional variations in hospital capacity. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has 11 Emergency Medical Services Regions that have traditionally guided its statewide public health work and will continue to inform this reopening plan.

For the purposes of this plan, from those 11, four health regions are established, each with the ability to independently move through a phased approach: Northeast Illinois; North-Central Illinois; Central Illinois; and Southern Illinois.

Village Providing Essential and Operational Services

The Illinois Stay at Home Order has been extended by the Governor  through May 30, 2020.  Learn more about the State's COVID-19 response and the extended Stay-at-Home Order through May 30, 2020.

Village Hall is providing all essential services and other operational services during the COVID-19 Stay at Home Order.

All Village employees are currently working, dedicated to serve our citizens by providing all essential functions and other Village services. As always, Village Staff can be reached by calling Village Hall, 847.368.5000.  

To ensure the safety of the public and our employees, Village Hall is open to in-person visits by members of the public by appointment only.  However, many services can be provided online or over the phone. As always, please call the Village at 847.368.5000 regarding any questions or email us regarding your service question.

Enforcement of the Stay at Home Order
Residents should be responsible in following the Stay at Home Order. Arlington Heights’ Police Officers will continue to be patrol neighborhoods and will reach out to groups not following the recommended social distancing guidelines of staying apart 6-feet. They are also responding to complaints received regarding people not following the stay at home order.
Face Coverings, effective May 1
All individuals over the age of two will be required to wear a face covering when in a public place where maintaining a six-foot social distance is challenging. Face coverings also will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. 

If you are unable to purchase face coverings, it is easy to make them using cloth. Check out this information, provided by the Centers for Disease Control, on how to properly wear a face covering and make them at home. This video provides examples of making face coverings with simple items in your home. 
Essential Businesses
Essential businesses and manufacturers may continue operations provided they follow new requirements to maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of customers and employees, including:

Provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing

  • Comply with occupancy limits for essential businesses.
  • Take precautions such as staggering shifts or, for manufacturers, operating only essential lines.

  • Additionally, the following businesses will be newly designated as essential when the extended Order is in effect: Greenhouses, garden centers, and nurseries as well as Animal grooming services. 

Non-Essential Businesses
Non-essential retail stores may resume limited operations to fulfill telephone and online orders. They may also provide curbside pick-up outside their stores, as well as delivery. Retail stores not designated as essential businesses may not reopen to foot traffic. Other businesses, such as gyms, fitness centers, playgrounds, salons, amusement and entertainment venues are to be closed during the extended Stay-at-Home Order.

Elective Surgeries
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will issue guidance to medical providers to begin allowing certain elective surgeries (procedures for non-life threatening conditions). The IDPH will communicate directly with hospitals and medical providers to ensure that facilities meet the criteria to proceed. Residents whose elective surgeries were postponed should communicate directly with their medical provider for more information. 

Village Events
The Village continues to monitor the Stay at Home Order and  the Illinois Department of Health's information on the COVID-19 Pandemic and its advice and restrictions regarding social gatherings. 

  • Memorial Day
    The 2020 Memorial Day Parade, set for May 25, has been canceled due to the Governor’s extended Stay At Home Order which goes through May 30.

    To continue the honor and remembrance of the 58 military members from Arlington Heights who died in service during conflicts from the Civil War to the war in Afghanistan will be read aloud during a Memorial Day ceremony that will be broadcast on the Village's cable access channels. Due to social distancing recommendations, the broadcast will not include an in-person audience.

  • Frontier Days
    The Frontier Days Board of Directors announced a postponement of the 2020 Frontier Days Festival until 2021 due to concerns relating to COVID-19. 

    The volunteer group that organizes the festival each year looks forward to bringing it back in 2021 and celebrating our nation’s birthday, as well as all those who have helped get our nation through this time of crisis.

Outdoor Recreation

State Parks will begin a phased reopening, with more information available from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  
Golf will be permitted provided course operators, employees and golfers follow strict safety and social distancing guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

The Arlington Heights Park District will be extending the closure of all Park District facilities through May 30. This includes Lake Arlington and Sunset Meadows.