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Latest Messages from the Village President: 

November 18, 2020
Hello Residents of Matteson:

On November 17, 2020 Governor JB Pritzker announced that Tier 3 mitigation's will be imposed statewide. As Village President and on behalf of the Board of Trustees, stand with the Governor on his decision to implement this latest mitigation effort to curve this virus in the State of Illinois and in the Village of Matteson.

The Tier 3 Mitigation's are summarized below and go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020:

• Bars and restaurants (including private clubs and country clubs) must be closed by 11:00 p.m. and may not open earlier than 6:00 a.m. the following day. Bars and restaurants can serve patrons at tables with outdoor seating only; all tables should be placed six feet apart and no seating of multiple parties at one table. No indoor service or seating is allowed. Outdoor tables cannot exceed seating for six people. No ordering, seating, or congregating at the bar is allowed, and it is recommended that bar stools be removed. Reservation for all groups are required. No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting the premises.
• Health and fitness centers must operate at 25% capacity or less. Indoor classes are prohibited. Face coverings must be worn at all times.
• Hotel room occupancy should be limited to registered guests only, with the maximum allowance being the number of individuals permissible per fire code. Fitness centers in hotels should be closed or operated on a reservation only model with capacity limited to 25% maximum room capacity. Grab-and-go food at hotels is allowed. Hotel event and meeting spaces are closed.
• Indoor recreation centers, including theaters, performing arts centers, and indoor museums and amusement centers, must be closed. Live streaming of events is encouraged with social distancing of performers and minimum operational staff. Video gaming locations and casinos must be closed.
• All indoor group sporting and recreational activities, including youth and adult recreational sports, are paused. Individual indoor training may remain with facility reservations. This restriction applies to park districts and travel leagues. Locker rooms should be closed.
• Outdoor recreational activities are allowed at 25% capacity, and group activities are limited to 10 people or less. Participants and guests must wear face coverings at all times. Reservation are required for each guest for outdoor activities. Locker rooms should be closed.
• In-home gatherings are limited to household members only.
• Meeting rooms, banquet centers, private party rooms, private clubs, and country clubs may not host gatherings. No party buses are allowed.
• Funerals are limited to 10 family members of the decedents, not including staff;
• For offices, all employees who can work remotely should work remotely.
• Regarding manufacturing facilities, there are multiple aspects affecting training, employees, visitors, leave, and other protocols.
• Personal care services must operate at the lesser of 25 clients or 25% of capacity. Face coverings cannot be worn at all times by clients and service providers. Services where a face covering cannot be worn must be suspended. Physical, occupational, and massage therapy are only allowed if they are deemed necessary by a medical provider, but appointments must be spaced by a minimum of 15 minutes, and facilities should take steps to sanitize and circulate clean air through service rooms before and after each service. Virtual consultations are recommended.
• Retail (including service counters) must operate at no more than 25% capacity, this includes general merchandise stores, "big box" stores that offer groceries and pharmacy, and convenience stores. Grocery stores and pharmacies may operate at up to 50% capacity.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 606,771 cases and 11, 014 deaths in the state of Illinois. Today, the Village of Matteson announces 1,042 positive coronavirus cases (COVID-19) and 27 deaths. The number of cases is continuing to rise in the Village of Matteson so social distancing remains very vital to battling and beating the Coronavirus. Please continue wearing a mask or facial coverings. Your cooperation is crucial, and I urge you to take these directives seriously.

In an effort to mitigate gathering and to lessen our risks the Matteson Village Hall will be open to the public on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and closed on Tuesday & Thursday during the mitigation period. The Village is suspending all water shutoffs until January of 2021. All municipal buildings also will be closed on:

• November 26th and 27th
• December 24th and 25th
• December 31st and January 1, 2021
Stay Safe and Together we are Matteson Strong!
Kind regards,
Village President Sheila Chalmers-Currin


October 27, 2020
Hello Residents of Matteson:

This continues to be a unique time for all. Many are suffering from the COVID fatigue of hand washing, mask-wearing, and social distancing. Still, we must remain vigilant in continuing safety during this pandemic, as you may now be aware that our numbers are increasing. As of today, The Village of Matteson has 26 deaths, and 751 confirmed cases that are continuing to increase daily. The State of Illinois has 378,985 total cases and 9,522 total deaths. 

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing the COVID-19 resurgence mitigation that will be implemented in our Region, beginning at 12:01 am on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Region 10 has had eight consecutive days of increases in test positivity and seven days of increased hospital admissions, making it the first Region in the state to meet the metrics for additional mitigation in this way and surpass warning levels in two categories simultaneously. The sustained increases seen in the region exceed the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state's Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan. 

I implore you to comply with Governors Pritzker's Mitigation measures that will take effect on October 28th. These mitigation include the following:

Bars:
  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 pm
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at the bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or existing
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
Restaurants
  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 pm
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings
  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 pm, are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigation for bars and restaurants, if applicable

IDPH will continue to track our regions' positivity rate to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place. 

A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to some businesses and industries may be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website at www.dceocovid19resources.com/restore-Illinois.

No one is exempt from COVID-19. I urge all Matteson residents to get tested and practice all safety guidelines. We are entering the flu season, and our hospitals are facing both COVID-29 and flu admissions. The same things that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 will help prevent the spread of flu. Please, wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear your mask. And make sure to get your flu shot. We must protect our families, friends, and fellow residents

Stay Safe, 
Sheila Chalmers-Currin
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.

 Enforcement Process:

  • 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.

Sheila Chalmers-Currin

Village President


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,

Sheila Chalmers-Currin
Village President


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.

Sheila Chalmers-Currin
Village President


March 21, 2020 Letter to Local Businesses

March 20, 2020

Matteson Residents,

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=18342

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/FAQ/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.iml.org/file.cfm?key=18379 – Small Business Loan Overview

http://www.iml.org/file.cfm?key=18382 – Small Business Loan Application

http://www.iml.org/file.cfm?key=18381

http://www.iml.org/file.cfm?key=18380

Sheila Chalmers-Currin
Village President



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