Messages from the Village President and COVID-19 Resources for Residents and Businesses
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Latest Messages from the Village President:
August 13, 2020
Hello Matteson Residents:
After being a part of the Governor's press conference on August 7, 2020, I am concerned with hearing State Health officials report that Illinois is experiencing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, and Matteson is no exception. Because infection indicators are heading in the wrong direction, Governor Pritzker recently warned that the state might have to impose more restrictions on regions if they can't keep their cases down.
Why is there an uptick? Unfortunately, whether due to pandemic fatigue or some other reason, some people are becoming less cautious. They are gathering with friends in private or public spaces without precautions and are not quarantining after visiting the CODVID-19 hotspot state or are ignoring public health guidance. While we all want to feel normal, we cannot become complacent.
Join me in continuing to talk with our children about society's responsibility to take precautions not just for ourselves, but for our community. We taught them to wear seatbelts…They need to understand why wearing a mask, and social distancing is just as important.
Matteson Residents Please:
- Wear a Mask inside public places
- Wash your hands
- Maintain social distances (6 feet or more)
Matteson Business Owners, please adhere to the Governor's enforcement on mask-wearing. The rules provide multiple opportunities for compliance before any penalty is issued.
Requirements and Restrictions:
- Any individual over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain at least a six-foot social distance.
- Any business, service, facility, or organization shall take reasonable steps to require employees, customers, and other individuals on the premises to wear a face covering.
- Public and nonpublic schools, ranging from preschools through post-secondary institutions and daycare centers and homes shall require students, employees, and other individuals on the premises to wear a face covering.
- Gatherings of more than 50 people or more than 50% of a building's maximum capacity are prohibited unless exempted by law or Executive Order. Businesses that comply with the guidance issued by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) are complying with the Executive Order and thus are complying with this rule.
- First, businesses will be given a warning in the form of a written notice and encouraged to voluntarily make "reasonable efforts" to comply with public health guidance.
- Second, businesses that do not voluntarily comply will be given an order to have some or all of their patrons leave the premises as needed to comply with public health guidance and reduce risks.
- Third, if the business continues to refuse to comply, the business can receive a class A misdemeanor citation and be subject to a fine ranging from $75-$2,500.
As Village President, and on behalf of the Village Board, I urge you to take these directives seriously. Please stay healthy, and please stay safe.
April 24, 2020
Good Afternoon Matteson Resident,
Coronavirus has affected countless changes in our daily lives. It’s had an enormous impact on how we consume, learn, work, socialize, and communicate. As we continue to work towards flatting the curve please continue to stay home to save lives. I would like to recognize those who were lost to this dreadful disease and offer my sincere condolences.
On Thursday, April 23rd Governor Pritzker announced extending and modifying the Stay at Home Order. I stand with the Governor in support of this order to take effect on May 1 and continue through May 30.
Added to the order will be the requirement of Face coverings to be worn by all individuals in the Village of Matteson when in public places and when not able to maintain adequate social distancing.
All essential businesses may remain open, consistent with the original executive order. Grocery and other stores designated as essential shall reduce their occupancy capacity to 50%.
All retail stores, including those previously closed as non-essential, will be authorized to fulfill online orders through curbside pickup or delivery.
While you and your family are adhering to the stay at home orders, please take some time to complete the 2020 Census to help the state determine where resources should go.
These are challenging times, but we can get through this together. Continue to stay home to save lives. We are ALL IN ILLINOIS. We are MATTESON STRONG.
Continue to stay safe,
April 6, 2020
March 30, 2020
Residents of Matteson, this is a unique time for all. Never in our lifetime would we have expected to experience such a pandemic as this. My heart is warmed from the support of our Matteson business owners who have donated PPE supplies, and food for our first responders who put their lives on the line and display care, compassion, and dedication for our residents every day during this crisis.
As of today, the Village of Matteson has confirmed cases that are continuing to increase daily. The State Illinois has 5057 total cases and 73 total deaths. A recent case includes a fatality of an infant. No one is exempt from COVID-19. Even if you are not feeling ill, it is possible to be a carrier of the disease. I urge all Matteson residents to unite and work together for the greater good of our community. I implore you to comply with Governors Pritzker's order to stay home to save lives.
Social distancing does not mean stop interacting; we need to use other methods of communicating. Consider calling, texting, FaceTiming, and using social media to stay in contact with family and friends.
Please limit the number of times you leave your home to essentials, and practice social distancing by staying 6 feet apart from others. It's our duty to protect our families, friends, and fellow residents.
March 20, 2020
Today (March 20, 2020), Governor JB Pritzker ordered Illinois residents to ‘stay at home.’ The order is effective at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, March 21, 2020, through the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, which currently extends through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
The order requires all individuals currently living in the State of Illinois to stay at home or their place of residence. Individuals may only leave their residence to perform essential activities. The order provides that all non-essential business and operations must cease. Essential businesses and operations are mandated to take proactive measures in maintaining social distancing. These measures may include, where possible: designating six-foot distance; providing hand sanitizer and sanitizing products; separating operating hours for vulnerable populations; and, providing online and remote access for employees.
The Village of Matteson will continue to distribute timely, reliable and pertinent information as it becomes available.
Attached please find links to state and federal resources:
http://www.iml.org/file.cfm?key=18379 – Small Business Loan Overview
http://www.iml.org/file.cfm?key=18382 – Small Business Loan Application