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COVID-19 News Updates

Last Updated 10/26/2020, 4:22 p.m.

Lincoln-Way Issues Letter to Families

October 26, 2020

Lincoln-Way Area Superintendents posted a message to Lincoln-Way District families yesterday regarding COVID-19. To view the message, please visit the Lincoln-Way news page.

Resurgence Mitigations to Take Effect Friday, October 23.

October 21, 2020

Governor Pritzker activated the state's mitigation plan, effective Friday, October 23, due to having three consecutive days of an average test positivity rate at or above 8% in region 7, which includes Will County. The resurgence mitigations will stay in effect until the region is able to reduce its seven-day rolling average test positivity rate to or below 6.5% for three consecutive days, after which the region will return to regular Phase 4 guidelines. Below is a summary of enhanced mitigation, or you can download the Restore Illinois Resurgence Mitigationsdocument, published by the state.

  • Bars and restaurants must be closed by 11:00 p.m. and may not reopen earlier than 6:00 a.m. the following day.
  • Bars and restaurants can serve patrons at tables with outdoor seating only, all tables should be placed six feet apart. No seating of multiple parties at one table. No indoor service or seating is allowed.
  • No ordering, seating or congregating at the bar is allowed and it is recommended that bar stools be removed. No indoor service or seating is allowed.
  • Reservations for all groups are required.
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting the premises.
  • Meetings, social events and gatherings are limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25% of overall room capacity. (This restriction modifies the previous limitation of the lesser of 50 people or 50% of overall room capacity.)
  • No party buses are allowed.
  • Gaming locations and casinos must be closed by 11:00 p.m. and are limited to 25% capacity, and must follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable.


IDPH Publishes Halloween Guidance

September 30, 2020

Mayor Holland Comments on Halloween

September 22, 2020 - At the September 21, 2020 Village Board meeting, Mayor Holland commented on Halloween:

Halloween is not run by the Village. The Village does not have a public health department so it is inappropriate for us to weigh in on the potential health risks of trick or treating. We rely on public health information from County, State and Federal officials. I do not believe that the Village has the authority to either ban Halloween or to require participation in Halloween. Participation in trick or treating is an individual choice. Parents can allow their children to trick or treat or they can require their children to stay home or do an alternate activity on that day. If residents don’t want trick or treaters to stop by, they can leave their porch light off and they will not likely be bothered. To assist with orderliness, in the past the Village has recommended hours for trick or treating. I expect to announce the same hours that the Village has announced in the past, 3 to 7 PM.

I know that our residents will use good judgment about how to handle Halloween during a pandemic. I take a moment to remind residents of some of the basic guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines are listed on the United States Centers for Disease Control Website.

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others. The mask is not a substitute for keeping 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Personally, I plan to leave candy on a table that I will place on the walkway to my front door. If the weather cooperates, I will be sitting over six feet away to welcome trick or treaters.

-Jim Holland, Mayor of Frankfort

Governor Removes Resurgence Restrictions for Will County

September 18, 2020 - Effective Friday, September 18, 2020, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced coronavirus testing in Region 7 dropped for three straight days and the region is returned to Phase 4 at 5:00 p.m. Restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor dining and meetings, social events and gatherings can return to a limit of 50 people.

Governor Sets Resurgence Restrictions for Will County

August 25, 2020 - Effective Wednesday, August 26, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced several new mitigation requirements affecting Will County. The new restrictions will be in effect for a 14-day monitoring period to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place.

Financial Planning During COVID-19

July 22, 2020 - Mayor Holland, Trustee Savaria and Finance Director Jenni Booth discuss the anticipated financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event Cancellations Added Through Labor Day

July 16, 2020 - Per Governor Pritzker's executive orders and guidance from the CDC regarding gatherings over 50 people, the following events will not be held this year.
  • Amateur Rib Cook Off - August 1
  • Night Out Against Crime - August 4
  • Fall Festival - Labor Day Weekend

Pritzker Announces All Regions to Enter Phase 4 on Friday

June 25, 2020 - As reported by NBC 5 Chicago, "All of Illinois' four health regions have met the required metrics and can move to phase four of the state's reopening plan Friday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday."

State Publishes Phase 4 Guidelines

June 23, 2020 - The Revitalization Phase of the Restore Illinois public health approach to reopening the Illinois economy includes gatherings of up to 50 people, additional businesses reopening and increased capacities. We must all continue to social distance, frequently wash our hands and cover our faces to maintain progress in overcoming COVID-19.

All regions of the State of Illinois are on track to enter Phase 4 on Friday, June 26, 2020.

Frankfort Prepares to Host Modified Country Market

June 3, 2020 - Frankfort's annual Country Market returns on a modified basis this Sunday, June 7, 2020. Listen to Mayor Jim Holland and Trustee John Clavio discuss this year's modified market.

Frankfort Releases Several New Video PSA's

June 2, 2020 - As we advance to Phase 3, the Village is promoting this year's Virtual Fishing Derby, the RIPPLE resident incentive program, and discussing new allowances for dining outdoors during Phase 3.

Frankfort Enters Phase 3

May 29, 2020 - Along with the rest of the State of Illinois, the Village of Frankfort enters Phase 3 of the RESTORE ILLINOIS plan today. Al Fresco in Frankfort also begins today, where restaurants may be permitted to operate expanded outdoor seating areas under the guidance of public health regulators and local requirements.

Effective Monday, June 1, 2020 the Village will reopen some of its facilities to allow modified public access. To protect the public and our employees from inadvertent exposure to illness due to face to face interaction, the Village installed transparent barriers at its service counters and posted relevant signage to assist with social distancing. All customers visiting indoor space are required to abide by parameters of the RESTORE ILLINOIS plan and various executive orders in effect. Village departments are also available via telephone or email.

State Publishes Guidelines for Re-opening Businesses

May 24, 2020 - Quoted from today's press release:
"Governor JB Pritzker today released industry-specific guidelines that allow for the safe re-opening of businesses as the state progresses into the next phase of the Restore Illinois plan. All four regions of the state are on track to advance to Phase 3 of the plan in the coming days, allowing thousands of residents to return to work, and the reopening of businesses in the following industries: retail, offices, manufacturing, barbershops and salons, summer programs, various outdoor recreation activities and bars and restaurants for outdoor dining.

Guidelines as well as toolkits for businesses can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website, HERE."

Al Fresco in Frankfort

May 21, 2020 - Frankfort will grant temporary outdoor seating permits for any food establishment desiring to open and operate an outdoor dining area after Governor Pritzker eased the Phase 3 Restore Illinois plan requirements yesterday. Illinois is anticipated to move to Phase 3 of the Governor's Restore Illinois plan on May 29.

Committee Says Open Modified Market

May 14, 2020 - The Community Services Committee met by video conference on May 13 to discuss plans for the Frankfort Country Market's summer season, scheduled to begin Sunday, June 7. Members balanced COVID-19 concerns with desires to open the country market, which is classified as an essential operation by Governor Pritzker. The committee decided to proceed with a modified market this year. Changes will be made to the layout and operations promote public safety while offering some degree of "normal" in downtown Frankfort this summer. The Village will continually monitor and adjust operations as necessary to comply with directives from the Governor or public health agencies.

Heading Towards Normal

May 6, 2020 - Mayor Holland discusses what the start of a return to normal might look like.

Governor Releases "Restore Illinois" Plan

May 5, 2020 - As reported by the State of Illinois, "The five-phased plan will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. This is an initial framework that will likely be updated as research and science develop and as the potential for treatments or vaccines is realized. The plan is based upon regional healthcare availability, and it recognizes the distinct impact COVID-19 has had on different regions of our state as well as regional variations in hospital capacity."

Governor Issues Disaster Proclamation

May 1, 2020 - JB Pritzker, Governor of the State of Illinois, issued a second Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Additionally, Governor Pritzker reissued several prior executive orders in addition to the new Executive Order Number 32, which extends a modified Stay-at-Home Order through May 2020.

Owners of Local Businesses Share Their Perspectives

April 29, 2020 - Several local business owners discuss how COVID-19 is impacting business and ways we can get through together.

Governor Modifies and Extends Stay-at-Home Order Through May 30

April 23, 2020 - Governor Pritzker announced Thursday afternoon he is modifying and extending the Stay-at-Home Order through May 30. Some of the modifications include required face coverings under certain circumstances, additional essential business designations, and allowances for non-essential businesses to conduct sales with curbside pickup or delivery.

Helping Others with the Suburban Service League

April 23, 2020 - Mayor Holland interviews Jeri Savaria, President of the Suburban Service Leauge. Jeri discusses ways to help others in need.

On the Frontline During the Pandemic

April 17, 2020 - Mayor Holland interviews Police Chief John Burica.

Supporting Local Businesses

April 13, 2020 - Mayor Holland discusses ways to help local businesses.

Not Quite Business as Usual

April 9, 2020 - Mayor Holland discusses Village operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Holland Posts Social-Distancing PSA

April 6, 2020

IDPH Publishes Data by Zip Code

April 6, 2020 - The Illinois Department of Public Health publishes statewide statistics on COVID-19. The map includes distribution of cases by zip code. At the time of this announcement, zip code 60423, which includes the Village of Frankfort, had 37 confirmed cases.

IDPH Map 4-6-2020

Mayor Holland Calls on Community to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19

April 3, 2020 - Frankfort has experienced a number of COVID-19 cases. Some Frankfort residents are currently in hospitals on respirators. This dangerous disease is here and spreading. The federal, state and local health experts all agree that social distancing is the best way to prevent the spread of the disease.

It is up to each one of us to stay at home as much as possible and above all, to avoid gathering. Over the years, our downtown has become a gathering place and when we see a friend there it is natural to stop and chat assuming that they won’t give us COVID-19. The problem is that medical professionals tell us that people who have been exposed to the disease may not even know they have it, but they may be spreading it to others.

To help our residents make good decisions about social distancing, I have asked our staff to make the tables, chairs, benches, gazebo and playground in our downtown temporarily unusable. We are going to have non-police employees patrol the downtown area to remind people about social distancing which is staying six feet away from anyone who does not live in your home. The bike trail is ten feet wide. That means that people should pass each other single file while walking or riding right on opposite edges of the trail. Sidewalks are only three feet wide, so when passing, one party must walk well onto the grass or the street. Let’s take this social distancing seriously and stop the spread of COVID-19 in Frankfort.

Jim Holland
Mayor of Frankfort

Jim Holland

COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Frankfort

April 3, 2020 - Frankfort and surrounding communities have confirmed cases. COVID-19 cases have been seen in a wide range of ages, genders, and ethnicities. Some people may be asymptomatic and although they do not feel sick, they may be spreading the virus. Residents need to ‘Stay at Home’ when not performing essential tasks, and when they are completing essential tasks, they need to adhere to social distancing rules.

‘Social Distancing’ which means stay at least six feet away from anyone who does not live in your home. Although information on the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving day by day, the one thing known is ‘Social Distancing’ works to slow the spread. It is up to YOU to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

As spring begins and temperatures warm, we understand that people want to get out to enjoy the climate change. Typically, this would be a time for outdoor sports, enjoying parks, and social gatherings. Know that we cannot enjoy typical spring weather activities this year as we are amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Frankfort Police Department in conjunction with Mayor Holland and the Frankfort Village Board are asking our residents and community to adhere to ‘Social Distancing’ principles.The Old Plank Road Trail is ten feet wide. When passing, you should be single file right on the edge of the trail. Sidewalks are only three feet wide, so one party must walk on the grass or street to pass.

Information on social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic has been shared through the news outlets, daily press conferences, signage, the village website, and social media. Again, we are calling on YOU to stop the spread of COVID-19!

All residents and community members must comply to help stop the spread. To the right is a map from Will County Health Department regarding cases of COVID-19. The cases increase daily, help yourself, your family, and your community by staying at home or when outside of the home, maintain social distancing.

COVID-19 Will County Map

Governor to Extend Stay-at-Home Order

March 31, 2020 - Governor Pritzker announced Tuesday afternoon he intends to sign an Executive Order on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, extending the disaster proclamation, suspension of on-site learning at schools, and the Stay-at-Home order through April 30, 2020.

Illinois Issues Severe Alert:

Healthcare Workers Needed

March 31, 2020 - Cell phones sounded off throughout the day as the State of Illinois activated the Emergency Alert system to ask for help. The message read:

State needs licensed healthcare workers to sign-up at IllinoisHelps.net to fight COVID-19.

Reminder: Maintain Social Distancing

March 26, 2020 - As weather improves and we become increasingly restless from complying with the Governor's Stay-at-Home order, the urge to get outside can be untenable. When venturing out in public, be sure to follow socially-responsible practices recommended by the CDC:

1. Maintain social distancing of at least six feet or more.
2. Cover coughs and sneezes.
3. Wash your hands often.
4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
5. Stay home when you’re sick.

CDC: How to Protect Yourself

The Village continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic while providing essential services. We are doing our part to curtail the spread of virus through modified operations. Some of our practices include:

1. Restricted access to Village facilities;
2. Closure of Prairie Park playground and public washrooms;
3. Increased disinfection cleaning;
4. Revised staffing and work-from-home activities;
5. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) provided to employees;
6. Temporary social distancing signs on OPRT;
7. Cancelation of upcoming meetings and events;
8. Links to COVID-19 information by other agencies.

Governor Pritzker Issues Immediate

Stay-at-Home Order

March 20, 2020
Effective Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.
thru end of April 7, 2020.

Frankfort Announces COVID-19 Precautions

March 17, 2020

The Village of Frankfort continues to monitor development of the COVID-19 national emergency and intends to follow guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and related County health offices as circumstances evolve. Please be aware the Village may announce additional cancelations and any of the following policies are subject to change as the situation warrants.

“We will continue to take direction from state and federal health authorities concerning the Village offices, employees and public gatherings,” said Mayor Jim Holland, assuring citizens the Village government is “taking steps that are appropriate.”

Effective immediately, the Village of Frankfort is modifying its operations for the eight week period thru May 11, 2020 to promote social distancing and good health habits. All essential village services are expected to remain operational. We ask our residents, utility customers, businesses, employees and others for their cooperation and understanding during this challenging time. Below is a summary of precautions in effect.

  • Village Board meetings remain scheduled to carry out business of the Village.
  • Village officials will practice social distancing.
  • Meetings may be continued, postponed or canceled in the event a business item draw public interest in a manner inconsistent with social distancing principals.
  • The March 26th Plan Commission meeting is canceled.
  • Future Plan Commission meetings and agendas will be coordinated and set with primary consideration for maintenance of social distancing principals.
  • Frankfort Country Market – Spring Market, is canceled. April 26 thru May 31.
  • IEPA Public Water Supply Loan Program Informational Meeting, scheduled for March 20, status to be determined based upon guidance from the State of Illinois.
  • All other public meetings and Village-sponsored events are suspended during this time. Canceled events and meetings include:
    • Illinois State Treasurer ICash Program – April 6
    • Village Committees – April 8
    • Earth Day Celebration – April 25
  • Reduced public access to Village facilities. We ask the public to make all efforts possible to conduct their interactions with the Village by telephone, email or other electronic means. The Village prefers any non-electronic payment of water bills be delivered to the payment drop box located in front of the Village Hall at 432 W. Nebraska Street.
  • Reservation of public meeting space is suspended.
  • All facilities will receive increased attention to cleaning and sanitization. Hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap is made available for use at all Village facilities.
  • All non-essential inspections of occupied structures are on hold.
  • Any other non-essential service to an occupied structure is on hold.
At the March 16 Village Board meeting, Holland recognized “all of us are being impacted by COVID19. Some will be impacted more than others. I know that Frankfort residents will think about ways to help their families, their friends, and their neighbors with this issue. I hope that we will also find ways to help our local businesses.”

Many businesses have adapted to the current situation by offering curbside pickup or delivery options. Residents are encouraged to check with local businesses to learn how they can lend support during this difficult time.

“I have confidence that our country’s medical professionals will give us good advice and that they will solve this issue. The COVID-19 disease of 2020 will pass, and we will get our lives back to normal,” said Mayor Holland.

How Can I Help?

Consider some of the many ways you might help our community navigate these unprecedented times.

Dine-In using Carry-out or Curbside Pickup
Many Frankfort restaurants are offering customers take-out or delivery options. Please check with the restaurant for the most up to date information regarding business hours and menus.

Check in with your Family, Friends, and Neighbors
The CDC identified several people who may be at higher risk for severe illness. Some of these individuals may not have access to a support network to help them take the recommended precautions to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. Offer to lend a hand to your family, friends, and neighbors.

Stay Home if you Feel Sick

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