Message from Mayor Hayes Regarding COVID-19

Mayor Hayes' Message to the Community During COVID-19 Crisis
Posted on 03/17/2020
Mayor Thomas Hayes

Update: Mayor's Message on Importance of Social Distancing.

Dear City of Good Neighbors,
I thought I had seen just about everything in my nearly 30 years on the Village Board. Then came the Coronavirus. It goes without saying that we are living in a time of daily uncertainty that most of us have never experienced. It also goes without saying that our top priority right now is the health, safety and welfare of all in our community.

I want to assure you that the Village of Arlington Heights is taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously and is in constant communication with our federal, state and county health officials to stay abreast of the latest information, restrictions and recommendations. That information is then being disseminated to the public through our Coronavirus Update Page on our website and also through our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and NextDoor.

The message I want to convey to you today is that we are all in this together and that we will get through this together. Your government really is here to help. This global health pandemic requires everyone to do their part to reduce community exposure to the virus by practicing social distancing, washing hands frequently, covering your coughs and sneezes, working from home if possible, and staying home/self-quarantine if you are sick. We must also be diligent in following the state mandates of temporary restaurant and bar closures, school closings, eliminating gatherings of 50 or more people and no more than 10, if at all possible, and conforming to other voluntary shut-downs in an effort to limit our exposure to this virus and contribute to the national effort to flatten the curve.

The federal, state and county health agencies are setting the protocols and mandates for mitigating the spread of this virus. It’s up to our entire community to do our part by following the mandates and doing what we can to keep our loved ones, co-workers and neighbors safe. 

We understand that many of you may be feeling isolated as public health officials encourage us to distance ourselves from others and to not gather in large groups. We must follow their guidelines and alter our normal behavior for sure. At the same time, I encourage you to go on living your daily lives as much as possible. In particular, this is a time to find ways to connect in different ways with your loved ones and friends, spend time doing family activities with your children such as game and movie nights, and please be a good neighbor and check on those who are elderly or may have compromised health and are therefore in the higher-risk group for contracting the virus. Our emotional wellness in a time like this is just as important as our physical well-being. 

Our businesses add vibrancy to our lives and to the appeal of Arlington Heights as a dining and entertainment destination. More than ever before, our local restaurants and businesses need your loyal community support! Please continue to support local restaurants and their staff  by ordering from one of the many restaurants offering pick-up or delivery services during the mandated closure period. Please check our updated list of restaurants offering these convenient services. 

Many residents are asking how they can help those who may experience an economic hardship during this crises. Donations to Arlington Cares, which provides Emergency Donations through the Village to those in need would be greatly appreciated. We thank you for your kind contribution!

Finally, please keep our first responders and health care providers in your thoughts and prayers as they fulfill their duties during this time without hesitation. Your support for them and your patience and cooperation during this stressful time is greatly appreciated. Thank you for continuing to build upon our strong community spirit as the largest small town in America. Together, we will get through this unprecedented time.

I encourage you to stay updated on the ever-changing news pertaining to COVID-19 by visiting our news update. Stay healthy and please do not hesitate to reach out to the Village if you have any questions by calling 847.368.5000.

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Mayor Thomas W. Hayes