Coronavirus  (COVID-19) Information

VILLA PARK CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES

The health and safety of Villa Park residents and employees is the Village’s highest priority. Villa Park is committed to effective communication throughout the new challenges the COVID-19 pandemic brings. The COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation with new information becoming available every day. The information here is based upon the latest information available but remains subject to change. We encourage residents to follow the Village’s social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more information about the changes to Village operations. We encourage residents to sign up for our CodeRED notification system for emergency notifications. Text "VILLAPARK" to 99411.

November 17, 2020: Tier 3 mitigations

With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across the state of Illinois and the nation, the state is committed to listening to public health experts and following the science to keep people safe. Tier 3 builds on the Resurgence Mitigation Plan first released in July to suppress the spread of the virus and ensure our hospitals do not become overrun. This new tier aims to limit gatherings and encourages people to stay home to the greatest extent possible, while permitting some industries to remain open at significantly reduced capacities with proper safety measures in place. All detailed Phase 4 operational guidance remains in effect. Where Phase 4 guidance and Tier 3 Mitigations imply different standards, the more restrictive Tier 3 Mitigations will apply.

With COVID-19 spread now exponential in every region of the state, our statewide positivity rate at record highs and hospitalizations already surpassing our Spring peak, all 11 regions will move into Tier 3 effective Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:01am. 

The new mitigation requirements to combat the surge of COVID-19 across Illinois are as follows:

Bars and Restaurants-

  • All bars and restaurants close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day
  • No indoor service
  • All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • No tables exceeding 6 people
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
  • Indoor gaming terminals must suspend operations
  • Includes private clubs and country clubs

Health and fitness centers-

  • Operate at no more than 25% capacity
  • No indoor group classes
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, including while engaged in individual exercise regardless of person or machine spacing
  • Reservations required
  • Locker room areas should be closed

Hotels-

  • Hotel room occupancy should be limited to registered guests only, with the maximum allowance being the number of individuals permissible per existing fire code for each applicable guest room
  • Fitness centers should be closed, or operated only on a reservation model with capacity limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy for the room
  • Grab and go food allowed
  • Event and meeting space closed

Indoor recreation, theaters, cultural institutions (e.g. casinos, bowling, arcades, movie theaters, museums and zoos)

  • Gaming and casinos close
  • Indoor recreation centers, including theaters, performing arts centers and indoor museums and amusement centers, close
  • Live streaming of performances encouraged with social distancing of performers and minimum operational staff
  • Outdoor activities allowed at 25% capacity or less
  • Outdoor group activities limited to 10 persons or less, participants/guests must wear face coverings at all times
  • Reservations required for each guest for outdoor activities

Manufacturing

  • Additional COVID training for all employees required even if previous training occurred
  • Operators should coordinate with IDPH to implement testing protocols and contact tracing, upon request, consistent with available testing supplies
  • All employees must wear face coverings at all times unless eating or drinking. Exemptions only for safety purposes
  • Only manufacturing staff and key personnel allowed in facilities. Non-production employees must work remotely. Non-essential staff and visitors are not permitted. Exemptions only for critical equipment repairs, supply deliveries and safety reasons (“critical visitors”)
  • All critical visitors must have an Employee Health and Safety (EHS)-approved risk-assessment done in advance, including travel history, tracking, and temperature check prior to entrance
  • Implement additional workstation realignment when feasible
  • Stagger and space shifts, and designate shift entrances and exits (when possible) to minimize interactions of employees across unique shift groupings
  • Station sanitation required at beginning and ending of shifts
  • Operators must suspend COVID-related incentive pay and promote staying home when sick or showing symptoms
  • Implement temporary leave policies to accommodate workers who are sick
  • Develop and implement safety protocols for employee travel vans to promote spacing, require face coverings, temperature checks, air circulation, and vehicle sanitization

Meetings, social events and gatherings (including weddings, potlucks, etc.)-

  • Limit in home gatherings to household members
  • Meeting rooms, banquet centers, private party rooms, private clubs and country clubs may not host gatherings
  • No party buses
  • Funerals are limited to 10 family members of the decedents, not including staff

Office-

  • All employees who can work remotely should work remotely

Organized group recreational activities (sports, indoor sports and activity facilities, etc.)-

  • Pause all indoor group sporting and recreational activities including youth and adult recreational sports, individual training may remain (with facility reservation)
  • Includes park districts and travel leagues
  • Outdoor sports and recreation allowed
  • Participant groups and practices outdoors limited to 10 persons or less with social distancing
  • Face coverings required for all activities at all times
  • Locker rooms should be closed

Personal Care Service-

  • Operate at lesser of 25 clients or 25% capacity
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times by clients and service providers
  • Suspend services where a face covering cannot be worn (e.g. facials, beard

    trims)

  • Physical, occupational and massage therapy allowed as 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 recommended


Retail-

  • Operate at no more than 25% capacity, including 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
  • Encourage delivery or curbside pickup options wherever possible
  • When in-store shopping is necessary, promote efficient trips and consistent circulation


The provisions above apply to industries/sectors with Restore Illinois Phase 4 guidance or other mitigations. Other functions (i.e. infrastructure, governments, logistics and warehousing, etc.) that previously have not been subject to specific guidance may continue regular operations but are encouraged to voluntarily take proactive steps to support new mitigation strategies wherever possible. In these areas, customer serving functions should be limited to 25% capacity, aligned with retail mitigations, and maximize work from home wherever possible.

IDPH will continue to track the positivity rates and hospital capacity metrics in regions over 14-day monitoring periods to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place. In order for a region to move back to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must experience less than 12% 7-day average test positivity rate for three consecutive days AND greater than 20% available intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital bed availability for three consecutive days AND declining 7-day average COVID hospitalizations for 7 out of the last 10 days.

Follow the latest regional metrics at: https://dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics

November 11, 2020: tier 2 mitigations

Due to a sustained resurgence of COVID-19, Tier 2 mitigations will take effect on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. As detailed in the July 15 Restore Illinois resurgence plan, Tier 2 mitigations may be applied if a region’s positivity rate remains above the 8 percent positivity threshold after 14 days under Tier 1 mitigations. As a result of increased COVID-19 spread and increased positivity rates, heightened mitigation measures will be put into place for Region 8, which encompasses all of Kane and DuPage County, including Villa Park. If a region continues to experience a sustained resurgence of COVID-19 after 14 days with Tier 2 mitigations in place, stricter measures may be necessary to curtail further spread. 

What to Expect:

Mitigation efforts will be put into place to reduce the increased spread of COVID-19. Region 8 will be required to adhere to Tier 2 mitigation measures, as determined by the Illinois Department of Public Health. These include the following restrictions:

Bars- 

  • All bars close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day
  • No indoor service
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at 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 exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
  • No tables exceeding 6 people

Restaurants- 

  • All restaurants close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day
  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • 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
  • No tables exceeding 6 people 

Meetings, social events and gatherings-

  • Limit to 10 guests in both indoor and outdoor settings *
    • Applicable to professional, cultural and social group gatherings.
    • Not applicable to students participating in-person classroom learning, sports or polling places.
    • This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general business guidance such as office, retail, etc.
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00pm, are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

Organized group recreational activities (including sports, but excluding fitness centers)- 

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors & outdoors *
  • Groups limited to 10 or fewer people 
  • All Sports Guidance effective August 15, 2020, remains in effect
  • Outdoor Activities (not included in the above exposure settings) continue per current DCEO guidance

In addition, IDPH recommends the following actions be taken:

  • Display prominent masking and distancing signage
  • Discourage non-essential travel to other states and international locations
  • Discourage groups greater than 4 individuals in ages 12 -17 from congregating outside of school
  • Promote work from home when possible

IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in regions requiring additional mitigations over a 14-day monitoring period to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place. If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5 percent over a 3-day period, the region will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5 percent and 8 percent, IDPH will continue to monitor the region to determine if additional mitigations are needed. If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8 percent after 14 days, more stringent mitigations may be applied to further reduce spread of the virus, which could include reducing capacity on organized group recreation, fitness or other activities supported by local contact tracing and outbreak data and temporary suspension of certain activities.

Follow the latest regional metrics at: https://dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics.

For more information on guidance for businesses, please visit the FAQ on DCEO's website.

October 20, 2020: Phase Four

Increased Mitigation Measures to Begin for Region 8

Today, Region 8 surpassed the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19’s threshold of 8% test positivity 7-day rolling average or for three or more consecutive days. As a result of increased COVID-19 spread and increased positivity rates, heightened mitigation measures will be put into place for Region 8, which encompasses all of Kane and DuPage County, including Villa Park, beginning 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020. 

What to Expect:

Mitigation efforts will be put into place to reduce the increased spread of COVID-19. Region 8 will be required to adhere to Tier 1 mitigation measures, as determined by the Illinois Department of Public Health. These include the following restrictions:

Bars

  • No indoor service 
  • All outside bar service closes at 11 p.m.
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside 
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at 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 exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors 
  • 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% of overall room capacity 
  • No party buses 
  • Gaming and casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable
  • Restaurants 
  • No indoor dining or bar service 
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11 p.m.
  • 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  

Returning to Phase 4 Requires Decrease in Positivity Rates 

In order to return to Phase 4, COVID-19 positivity rate averages must be less than or equal to 6.5% over a 3-day period. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5% - 8% the IDPH will continue to monitor the region to determine if additional mitigations are needed. 

If the positivity rate averages are greater than or equal to 8% after 14 days, more stringent mitigations may be applied to further reduce the spread of the virus. 

How You Can Help: Take Action Against COVID-19 

Mitigation measures are based on COVID-19 positivity rates. To help reduce mitigation measures, the spread of COVID-19 must decrease. You can help support your local businesses by acting responsibly to slow the spread of illness, by following the below guidance from the CDC: 

  • Maintain a 6 feet social distance minimum.
  • Wear a face mask when in public. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and sanitize commonly used surfaces.
  • Quarantine for 14 days if returning from a COVID-19 hotspot. 
  • Avoid group gatherings.
  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. 
  • Get tested: DuPage County Testing Site - https://www.dupagehealth.org/601/COVID-19-Testing 
  • Avoid contact with others that are sick or experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Local COVID-19 Updates from IDPH and DuPage County Health Department 

The DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 dashboard, shows the number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in each municipality. As of Wednesday, October 21, 2020, there have been a total of 616 confirmed cases in Villa Park. To view the DuPage County Health Department's COVID-19 Dashboard, click here.


IHDA EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE & MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS 

Are you struggling to pay your mortgage due to COVID-19? The Illinois Housing Development Authority has launched an emergency assistance program to support individuals who have fallen behind on rental payments because of job or income losses correlated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals are selected via a lottery process and will obtain grant funding worth $5,000, paid directly to their landlords. 


FOR PAST UPDATES

VILLA PARK RESTAURANTS

The Village will be adhering to State restrictions prohibiting indoor dining at local restaurants. Many local establishments are posting how they will continue to operate drive-up or drive-thru service in compliance with this directive and residents are encouraged to connect with individual locations and support local Villa Park businesses where practicable.

  • To view a list of Villa Park restaurants offer curbside pickup and delivery options visit the Yes Villa Park website. Contact Patrick Burke, patburke@invillapark.com to have your restaurant listed.

VILLAGE HALL AND MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS

Village Hall and municipal buildings will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 16. The Village of Villa Park is committed to maintaining services during the COVID-19 response and the closure of Village facilities to the public. In light of this, the Village is now accepting online payments for most services. No convenience fees will be charged for these online payments. Customers are encouraged to review the following information to determine which online payment service should be used for a particular payment.

Various Utility Bill Payment Options

Utility payments can be made through the Village website at www.invillapark.com or by calling 1-877-885-7968. Convenience fees are being waived.

Drop off payments can be taken via the Village drop box located in the Village Hall parking lot, Inland Bank located at 305 W. St. Charles Rd., or Johnson’s Lighthouse Point located at 1 W. St. Charles Rd.

Residents who are currently on the Direct Debit Program will still have their payments deducted on the utility bill due date.

Parking Permits / Building Permits / Places for Eating Tax / Miscellaneous Payments

Payments for parking permits, building permits, permit inspections, compliance inspections, places for eating tax, and other miscellaneous payments can be made via Square at https://invillapark.square.site/s/shop. Square cannot be used for payment of utility bills, Police tickets, or Recreation fees. Square accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and Google Pay. Upon visiting the Square website, customers should select the service they are paying for, fill out the required information, and proceed to checkout. For services with variable pricing (i.e. building permits, sidewalk program payments, etc.), customers must enter the dollar amount of the payment in the quantity to be purchased. Convenience fees are being waived.

Police Fees 

The Village is working with our provider to enable online payments for outstanding tickets. Payment information will be provided on www.invillapark.com once that is available. Please note, there may be a fee for paying these charges online. 

Residents can pay their administrative fees (booking fees) online here.

Recycling  

In an effort to reduce potential exposure to personnel, if you or someone in your home has tested positive for COVID-19, or is exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 please bag your recyclables and place them in your trash/refuse cart. Please DO NOT add gloves or other medical supplies to recycling bins.

Recycling FAQ


Simple Recycling 

The Simple Recycling program (orange bag textile/clothing recycling program) has resumed regular service. To request more orange bags or report a missed pickup click here. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 


Is my sink water safe to drink? 

The Village of Villa Park receives its water from the DuPage Water Commission. The DuPage Water Commission wants to remind its customers that tap water is safe to use and drink.  Also, through proactive planning, the Commission has contingency plans in place to ensure continuity of operation during this pandemic.  All customers will see their water continue to be available; no disruptions are expected due to the spread of the coronavirus. The Commission, through its treatment processes, routinely removes and inactivates or kills viruses.   DuPage Water Commission Chairman Jim Zay stated, “I am concerned about the number of residents purchasing bottle water because of fears related to the current pandemic and want to reassure them that tap water is safe to drink.” 

The Commission’s process follows established EPA regulations with treatment requirements for public water systems that prevent waterborne pathogens and viruses, including the coronavirus. These treatments include filtration (performed at Chicago’s Jardine Water Purification Plant) and disinfectants (performed at both the Jardine Plant and the Commission Pumping Station) to remove or kill pathogens and viruses. 

Chlorine that is used as the disinfectant is extremely effective at killing viruses. 

The Commission also works in partnership with public health agencies and other water agencies and organizations to share the latest information and best practices. 

What do I do if I notice a grocery store or market is price gouging? 

Price gouging occurs when a seller increases the prices of goods, services or commodities to a level much higher than is considered reasonable or fair. Usually this occurs after a demand or supply shock. This practice is illegal and the Office of the Attorney General has authority to prosecute any business that engages in price gouging after a disaster has been declared by the governor or president. 

Other FAQ’s

The following Question and Answer’s come from the Illinois Governor’s Office: 

INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS 

For accurate information and the latest updates on the Coronavirus spread, please visit the following links: 

Those with questions or concerns about COVID-19 can call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease hotline 1 (800) 889-3931 or send an email to dphsick@illinois.gov 24 hours, seven days a week. For those planning to travel, visit CDC’s Coronavirus Disease Information for Travel page for the latest information.