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On Wednesday, May 20, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced that the state was working on creating guidance for restaurants and recreational facilities that would allow them to reopen for outdoor use under the Restore Illinois Plan as soon as May 29.
This is good news for both residents who have felt stuck at
home, as well as restaurants that have struggled to keep their doors open
during the pandemic.
Last week, in advance of the Governor’s announcement, I
signed Executive Order #10, which allows eating establishments to offer outdoor
dining on a temporary basis through the fall. This order, which was
passed by the Village Board this past Tuesday, will allow restaurants to
quickly and easily transition to outdoor dining when state guidance becomes
At the same time, Itasca continues to work with a coalition
of DuPage communities to advocate that Governor Pritzker should permit suburban
reopening schedules to differ from that of Chicago and other areas where
population density is significantly higher. Restrictions placed on DuPage
County residents and businesses should be based on the spread of COVID-19 in
our communities, not based on Chicago’s statistics.
Several Home Rule suburban communities are actively
considering developing their own reopening plans. Because Itasca
continues to operate without Home Rule status, we have no legal authority to
roll-out a plan that is less restrictive that the Governor’s Restore Illinois
plan, which currently places Itasca in the same data set as Chicago and other
densely populated areas of Cook County.
The health and safety of our residents and businesses
continues to be my number one priority. I will continue to advocate
strongly that the State of Illinois provide a path forward for DuPage County
that is based on the data in our area – the lives and livelihoods of our
friends and neighbors depend on it.
Stay Safe,Mayor Jeff Pruyn