We are currently in unprecedented times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our everyday lives, including our shopping habits and communication behaviors have become centered around health precautions. We want to assure our residents, businesses, and visitors that the health and welfare of our community is of the utmost importance to the Village.
On March 23rd, the Board of Trustees held a special electronic/telephonic Village Board meeting. The Village Board approved an extension of the Local Disaster Emergency Declaration until April 30, 2020 and authorized the Mayor to exercise emergency powers per the Illinois Municipal Code (65 ILCS 5/11-1-6), as deemed necessary. I have since signed and issued an executive order that temporarily suspends the issuance of solicitor permits, allows liquor establishments licensed for on-premise consumption only to also sell alcoholic liquor for off-site consumption, and suspends future administrative hearings. This order and any future orders are solely intended to either help slow the spread of COVID-19, keep our residents healthy or to provide support to our local business community.
While we continue to work with the Governor, the State of Illinois continues to be under a Stay at Home order issued by the Governor. This order is in place until Tuesday, April 7th. The Village urges our residents and businesses to voluntarily comply with this order. By limiting our travel and practicing social distancing, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, please check in with your neighbors and those who are most vulnerable during this time. Cary is a compassionate community and we will continue to survive.
Along with the Cary-Grove Chamber of Commerce, we are helping our local businesses navigate these difficult times. Additionally, the State of Illinois announced the creation of new Emergency Small Business programs to provide loans and grants to small businesses. Our small businesses are the backbone of our community.
The Village continues to provide the essential services our residents depend on, including public safety and providing a safe water supply. Village facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. The public is still able to conduct Village business by phone at 847-639-0003 or by visiting the Village's website, www.caryillinois.com. The Police Department lobby is staffed from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm during the week if a visit is needed.
We are united,
Mark R. Kownick