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Mayor Hayes’ Message on Recent COVID-19 Restrictions

Mayor Tom Hayes - Village of Arlington HeightsOctober 30, 2020 (Arlington Heights, IL )Aware of the dire impact the recent coronavirus restrictions will have on our local restaurants, Mayor Tom Hayes and the Village Board will be working with regional community leaders to have immediate dialogue with the Governor’s Office regarding recent restrictions that call for temporarily suspending indoor dining and bar service. Please review his message to our community…

Dear Residents and Businesses,

The past 7-8 months have been difficult for us all. Unfortunately, the light we were beginning to see at the end of the tunnel this summer has grown dimmer as a result of the COVID-19 resurgence.

In that regard, Governor Pritzker’s recent mitigation Orders prohibiting indoor dining will make it very difficult for our restaurants to survive the fast-approaching winter months. Rest assured that I, and the Village Board, share your concern for our restaurants and businesses. As has been the case since the beginning of the pandemic, the challenge is to find the right balance between health/safety and economic reality as we provide for the health, safety, and welfare of 76,000 residents and the entire community. While the Village continues to monitor and thoughtfully respond to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, we must take great care to do so without unnecessarily burdening residents or businesses.

I am currently working with other regional leaders to begin immediate dialogue with the Governor’s Office on these new restrictions and to revisit whether they are truly based on the best data available. In the interim, we will continue to encourage compliance with all IDPH and CDC guidelines and leave enforcement of the Governor’s Orders to the appropriate state and county agencies. You can help during this time by supporting our restaurants and businesses with curbside pick-up and delivery, enjoying Arlington Alfresco while it remains open, and by sending messages of support/encouragement.

As we approach the holiday season, please be wise in planning your family gatherings. Most importantly, let’s give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives despite our current circumstances. I remain confident that we will get back to at least a new normal in 2021 and look forward to seeing you all again at community events next year.

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Tom Hayes, Mayor of Arlington Heights

In addition to the efforts of Mayor Hayes and the Village Board, the Village will continue to listen to and support our business community through this crisis.

The Health & Human Services Department will field any and all complaints on the recent Governor’s Orders and will relay them to the appropriate agencies for enforcement.

As the Village works toward finding regional solutions to this matter, everyone is encouraged to remain diligent in following the Illinois Department of Public Health’s and Centers for Disease Control’s best practices when it comes to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. We are all in this fight together to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

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