To my fellow residents,
Yesterday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that new mitigation guidelines will take effect throughout DuPage County beginning this Friday, Oct. 23. This is due to ongoing increased positivity rates in testing for COVID-19. These new mitigations are aimed at reducing the spread of the virus before our healthcare facilities become overwhelmed.
We all play a role in these efforts. It is incumbent on all of us to follow health guidelines, especially the 3 Ws: wash your hands, wear your mask, and watch your distance from others. Our region has seen a significant increase in the number of positive test results. While I’m happy to see the severity of cases waning – our hospitalization rate is low, compared to the number of actual cases – we need to slow the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.
It is important for all of us to do what we can to help. Over the past few weekends, I have been joined by Village staff, representatives from District 88, and community volunteers in passing out free COVID-19 Essentials Kits, which include hand sanitizer, masks and educational materials. I’m asking you to do your part to ensure that you and all the members of your family comply with the health guidelines, and in doing so, insure the health and safety of our community.
As Mayor, I have a responsibility to watch out for the health and safety of our residents … but also for the health of our business community. These new mitigation guidelines will once again require restaurants and bars to limit their service to outdoors and carryout. In other words, this endangers the viability of these businesses.
As I’m sure you know, all restaurants have suffered during the pandemic. These new restrictions will be very difficult for them. I want to remind everyone that we have a wide variety of takeout options from our Addison restaurants, and I ask that you support them whenever you can. For a list of restaurants, visit ItHappensInAddison.com.
Please be careful, follow guidelines, and most of all, stay healthy!
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