November 19, 2020 -- Mitigations are essential to slowing the alarming spread of COVID-19. According to IDPH projections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 threaten to far exceed the spring peak. With dedicated, consistent action, we have the power to change outcomes and save thousands of lives by stopping the new wave of COVID-19 infections. Use this summary of mitigation restrictions currently in effect to help make decisions for the safety of your family, first responders, healthcare workers, and frontline workers - and avoid the prospect of another statewide Stay at Home Order. Click here to view the Executive Order implementing Tier 3 Mitigations for the State of Illinois. Click here to learn more about Tier 3 and resurgence mitigations.
Public Health Advisory: Stay At Home
On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, the Illinois Department of Public Health issued a stay at home advisory, and on Friday, November 13, 2020, local government officials serving Highland Park issued a joint statement advising residents to stay at home. While not a requirement, Illinoisans are strongly urged to stay at home as much as possible for the next thirty days. Limit public activities to necessities; use contactless shopping and dining methods as much as possible to continue to support local businesses and restaurants in as safe a manner as possible.
State & Local Order: Face Covering Requirements
Highland Park implemented a face covering requirement for all individuals over the age of two on April 20, 2020. A statewide mandate followed on May 1, 2020. Face coverings are required in indoor public settings and in outdoor public settings when unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. Learn more at cityhpil.com/facecoverings.
Local Order: Gatherings Limited to 10 Persons
Per the City's November 17, 2020 Executive Order, gatherings are restricted to a maximum of 10 persons, for outdoor as well as indoor events. This applies to business and social gatherings such as public events, parties, sleepovers, in-person business or personal meetings, holiday dinners, mitzvahs, weddings, and birthday parties. Although all gatherings are strongly discouraged, if attending a gathering is necessary, individuals should wear face coverings and maintain social distancing at all times. Click here to view the Order and read more. In addition, the statewide Tier 3 mitigations, which take effect on Friday, November 20, 2020, limit in-home gatherings to household members only.
Local Order: City Closes Indoor Workout Facilities and Dance Studios
On November 17, 2020, the City directed the closure of all indoor workout facilities, including fitness, exercise, and dance facilities and studios. The order is effective Tuesday, November 17 at 11:59 PM, and will remain in effect for the next thirty days, unless otherwise directed. Click here to view the Order and read more.
State Order: Closure of Indoor Service at Restaurants and Bars
On October 28, 2020, Tier 1 resurgence mitigations were announced for Region 9 (Lake and McHenry Counties.) As of part these restrictions, indoor service at bars and restaurants has been suspended. On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced that Tier 3 mitigations would be implemented for all regions; indoor service will continue to be suspended until mitigations are lifted.
Public Health Advisory: Avoid Travel; Quarantine Upon Return
The Lake County Health Department strongly discourages all non-essential travel, although this is not a requirement. The City of Highland Park has advised that those who must travel quarantine for 14 days immediately upon return to Highland Park. Learn more about these recommendations here.
The local orders referenced above have been issued pursuant to the City's Declaration of Emergency, which was first issued on March 14, 2020, and most recently renewed at the City Council meeting on November 9, 2020.
Visit cityhpil.com/covid-19 to learn more about the City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because the City of Highland Park does not have its own health department, individuals are encouraged to contact the Lake County Health Department at 800.889.3931 with questions concerning COVID-19, city and county-level metrics, and testing.