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4-30-20 Message from Mayor Craig Johnson

Post Date:04/30/2020 6:00 PM

Below is a message from Mayor Craig Johnson which was sent out using the Village's emergency alert system through the Northwest Central Joint Emergency Management System at 6pm on 4/30/20. If you did not receive a phone call, text or e-mail with this information, you may need to register to receive alerts.  Click here to register for emergency alerts.

Hello, this is Mayor Craig Johnson.

First, I want to thank all our residents for proudly displaying green ribbons in front of your homes. Our first responders have told us how much they appreciate this show of support, with thousands of green ribbons providing a visible display of unity in our community.

 I also have a few important updates for residents about changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Pritzker has extended the statewide Stay at Home Order through May 31, with some modifications.  Beginning tomorrow, May 1, the Governor’s order requires that anyone over the age of two wear a face covering when indoors at public place and anywhere it is not possible to maintain a safe social distance of six feet from others. This means that face coverings will be required when you are out at the grocery store.

Wearing face coverings helps prevent the spread of the virus by people who are not yet showing symptoms. You do not need to buy a face mask--face coverings can be made from materials in your home.  Instructions on how to make your own face covering can be found on our website at elkgrove.org.

Once again this weekend, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County has decided to close the parking lots at Busse Woods on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, while leaving the trails open. The Village does not support this decision, which both presents safety hazards for visitors to Busse Woods and causes inconveniences to our residents.

The Village is making preparations to help mitigate the impact of this decision on our community.  Parking on streets near Busse Woods will be restricted, and we will have extra police in the area to enforce restrictions and help address safety issues. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes to our residents.

 Finally, I want to thank our residents once again—due to your efforts to remain at home, and observe social distancing, our community continues to experience among the lowest rates of reported infection in suburban Cook County. If we remain committed to doing what we can to protect each other, we will get through this together. 

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