March 22, 2020
March 20, 2020 – 5:00PM
On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to
stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order prohibits things like visiting
the homes of friends and holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential establishments,
including most retail, recreation and entertainment businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential
activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. For
more information on what this order means for you, please see below.
When does the order take effect?
The order will take effect Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CST.
Where does the Stay at Home order apply?
The Governor’s executive order includes the entire state. Unless you work for an essential business or
are doing an essential activity, you should stay home.
Is this mandatory or just guidance?
This order is mandatory. To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Illinois and protect our
friends, neighbors, and vulnerable populations, please stay home.
How will this order be enforced?
Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. The Illinois State Police
will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order but adhering to the order will save lives and it
is the responsibility of every Illinoisan to do their part.
Will the Illinois National Guard be enforcing this order?
No. The Illinois National Guard will be supporting logistics, transportation, and medical response efforts.
The Guard will not be enforcing this order.
I work in an essential service. How will the police know I’m allowed to be outside my house?
Law enforcement officials will not stop residents who are on their way to or from work or who are out
for necessities like going to the pharmacy or getting groceries, or just taking a walk. Illinoisans should
abstain from all nonessential activities. Adhering to the order will save lives and it is the responsibility of
every Illinoisan to do their part.
Will grocery stores be open?
Yes, essential services will still be operational including, but not limited to:
o Grocery stores
o Gas stations
o Police stations
o Fire stations
o Hospitals, clinics and healthcare operations
o Public transportation
o Public benefits (i.e. SNAP, Medicaid) hotlines
o A full list can be found in the executive order at coronavirus.illinois.gov
How can I get medical care if I need it?
If you are feeling sick, call your doctor, a nurse hotline, any telehealth hotline set up specifically for
COVID-19 (check with your insurance company) or an urgent care center. Do not go to an emergency
room unless necessary. Nonessential medical care like eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be
postponed. When possible, healthcare visits should be done remotely. Contact your healthcare provider
to see what tele-health services they provide.
What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
State Operated Developmental Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Developmental
Disabilities and Community Integrated Living Arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home
direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home
If you have any specific questions about your support and services, please reach out to your provider or
Individual Service Coordination (ISC) Agency. To receive updated information on DDD services, please
sign up for our email database, or to update your contact and service information, please
visit www.DDD.Illinois.gov .
What if I still have to go to work?
Unless your work is an essential function (i.e. healthcare provider, grocery store clerk, first responder),
you should stay home. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to
go to work and practice social distancing.
What if I think my business should be closed but I’m still being asked to operate?
Essential businesses will remain open during the Stay at Home order to provide services that are vital to
the lives of Illinoisans. Those businesses include, but are not limited to, pharmacies, certain government
offices, day care centers that provide care for the children of essential employees, and restaurants
providing take-out meals. If you work for an essential business, you should continue to practice social
distancing and should stay at home outside of work hours. If you believe your business is nonessential
but are still being asked to show up to work, you may discuss with your employer.
Can I order food/groceries?
Yes, grocery delivery will be available as well as meal-delivery, drive through, and take-out options.
A certain service is essential for me, but the Governor didn’t include it, what do I do?
The Stay at Home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Illinoisans. While
some businesses like fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available.
For a full list of businesses that will still operate during the order, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov.
Will public transportation and ridesharing be available?
Public transportation and ridesharing should be used for essential travel only. When possible, walk or
Will roads in Illinois be closed?
No, the roads will not be closed in Illinois. You should only travel if it is essential to your work or health.
Can I take a flight out of state?
Planes and any other form of travel should only be used for essential purposes.
What if my home is not a safe environment?
If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and urged to find another safe place to stay during
this order. Please reach out so we can help. You may call the domestic violence hotline at 1-877-863-
6338 or contact your local law enforcement.
What about homeless people who can’t stay at home?
The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Illinoisans, regardless of where they live.
State agencies are partnering with community organizations to provide funding and resources to ensure
our homeless population has safe shelter.
Can I visit friends and family?
For your safety, as well as the safety of those in your community, you should remain at home to help
fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential
assistance, such as ensuring an adequate supply of food.
What about my pet?
You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Be sure to
practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their
Does the Stay at Home order mean I can’t take my kids to the park?
State parks will be closed during the Stay at Home order. Families will still be able to go outside and take
a walk, run, or bike ride but should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from
other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing transmission.
What is the difference between the Stay at Home order and social distancing?
Social distancing is an important first step in preventing the spread of a disease like COVID-19 that
allows people to go about their daily activities while taking extra health and safety precautions. The Stay
at Home order requires people to remain in their homes unless they have an essential job or are doing
an essential task like going to the grocery store or walking a pet.
Can I leave home to go to religious services?
Large gatherings, such as church services, will be cancelled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Can I leave home to exercise?
Yes. Outdoor exercise like running or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms,
fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While
exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away
from other people.
Can I pick up meals being provided by my child’s school?
Yes. Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pick-up and take-home basis.
However, if you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should stay at home and
follow the guidelines provided by your physician.
Can I go out to do laundry?
Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses that
will remain open. However, if you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should
stay at home and follow the guidelines provide by your physician.
Can I take my child to day care?
If you are considered an essential worker under the Order, you can take your child to a day care that is
licensed on an emergency basis for the purpose of childcare for essential workers. Licensed day care
homes for up to 12 children will be closed but may reopen as an unlicensed day care home for up to 6
March 19, 2020 – 3:45PM
Here are some resources available for our residents.
- COVID-19 Updates: www.lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus
- Lake County Government closures and service modification information: www.lakecountyil.gov/closures
- Individuals co-quarantined or isolated with an abuser can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Chat at www.thehotline.org
- Comcast is offering free internet access for low-income families
- Apply at www.internetessentials.com or call 855-846-8376 for English or 855-765-6995 for Spanish
- If anyone in your community needs assistance finding food, shelter, rent or utility assistance, or other essential services,
call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can help. 211 is available 24/7,
- CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/hcwcontrols/recommendedguidanceextuse.html
March 17, 2020
March 16, 2020 – 3:20pm
PUBLIC MEETINGS NOTICE
The City of Zion currently has a public hearing for creating of a new TIF district scheduled at 5:00 p.m. on March 17th. Additionally, the regular City Council meeting is scheduled at 7:00 p.m. on March 17th. These meetings will continue as scheduled, however we strongly encourage individuals to consider their options before deciding to attend in person. For both meetings, we will be streaming on Facebook live on the City of Zion, Illinois – City Administrator page (https://www.facebook.com/zionadmin) and we will be facilitating public comment through that live event. Additionally, the City Council meeting will be recorded and available for viewing at https://www.cityofzion.com/city-clerk/meetings/.
For this and all other related coronavirus updates, please visit https://www.cityofzion.com/coronavirus-2020-information/
March 16, 2020 – 2:05PM
CITY FACILITIES CLOSURES
Effective Tuesday, March 17th at 8:00 a.m., Zion City Hall and other City facilities will be closed to the general public except by appointment. City staff will still be working and available by phone and e-mail. Bill payments can be made online, by mail or via the drop box outside of City Hall. If business is required to be done in person, please call the relevant number below to schedule an appointment. Additionally, non-essential City services have been suspended as a precaution for the health of the public and City personnel (rental inspections, water meter change outs, etc.). All essential public health, safety and utility services will continue without interruption. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
Zion City Hall: (847) 746-4000
Zion Police Department: (847) 872-8000
Zion Public Works: (847) 746-4060
Zion Fire and Rescue Department: (847) 746-4038
For this and all other related coronavirus updates, please visit https://www.cityofzion.com/coronavirus-2020-information/
March 16, 2020 – 12:20PM
Due to the current uncertainty that everyone is experiencing, personally and financially, relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), City staff will not be issuing any water account turnoff notices during this crisis. Residents’ water accounts will not be turned off by the City. This will be in effect until April 30, 2020, and reassessed at that time. The City will also suspend late payment fees during this time effective immediately. Please note that you are still responsible for payment of the bill. Payments may be made online, by mail or direct debit or via the drop box outside of City Hall. Thank you.
March 13, 2020