As we continue with the Stay-At-Home Order for Illinois, essential businesses and permitted activities have been identified. We encourage you to visit the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response website, coronavirus.illinois.gov, for the latest information and updates.
Note: A Stay-At-Home Order is in place through May 30. Information provided here is the most current as of the time of Connections printing/posting online.
Here’s a reminder of some simple things residents can do during the pandemic:
Stay at Home
First and foremost, stay at home whenever possible.
Wear a Face Masks or Face Covering
Wear a face mask or covering if you go out and follow guidelines for required use in public places. Compliance provides added protection for you and those around you.
The State of Illinois requires that any individual over the age of 2, and medically able to tolerate it, to wear a face mask/covering in a public place where a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained.
Wash Your Hands
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) recommends washing your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds to help avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Clean frequently touched surfaces often. This includes things such as doorknobs, counters, tabletops, light switches, toilets, and phones, cellphones and other devices.
Practice Social Distancing
We would like to remind residents of the importance of complying with social distancing, and stress that all park play structures/playgrounds, skate parks, restrooms and shelters, must currently remain closed. Signs have been placed in all Village of Antioch-owned parks, and the Antioch Police Department will patrol areas to ensure the safety of residents. Social distancing means restricting gatherings to fewer than 10 people and remaining at least 6 feet apart from others.
Other Ways to Help:
If you are aware of any businesses that may have PPE equipment, particularly N95 masks, please ask them to consider making a donation to the Antioch Emergency Operations Center through the Antioch Police Department west lobby. The Village of Antioch, First Fire Protection District and Antioch Township are operating as one joint community through the pandemic. Any donations collected will be put into stock for use by all three agencies to meet community needs.
If you would like to be paired up with a senior pen pal, please email Courtney Kotloski, Antioch Township Senior Services Activities Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great way to not let social distancing stop us from keeping in touch with our valued community members.
Open Arms Mission (openarmsmission.org) continues to run low on toilet paper and other bathroom essentials. Antioch Traveling Closet (antiochtravelingcloset.org) is accepting food donations as well for delivery to those in need. We encourage you to make a donation to these organizations.