region 7 moves to phase 4
February 1, 2021 - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced Region 7, Kankakee and Will counties, is moving to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan effective today. Additional information about which tier and phase regions are in can be found at the top of the IDPH website homepage.
A Phase 4 Guidelines Overview can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website.
having safe holidays
November 20, 2020 - Mayor Jim Holland, Trustee Margaret Farina, Dr. Christopher Udovich, Chief Medical Officer of Silver Cross Hospital, Steve Brandy, Public Information Officer for the Will County Health Department, and a very special guest straight from the North Pole, discuss ways we can stay safe during the holidays amid a pandemic.
keeping frankfort open
November 4, 2020 - In this public service announcement, Mayor Jim Holland, Trustee Margaret Farina, Dr. Christopher Udovich, Chief Medical Officer of Silver Cross Hospital, and Steve Brandy, Public Information Officer for the Will County Health Department, discuss ways we can help our Frankfort businesses stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Sets Resurgence Restrictions for Will County
Financial Planning During COVID-19
Event Cancellations Added Through Labor Day
- 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
STATE PUBLISHES PHASE 4 GUIDELINESJune 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.
Frankfort Releases Several New Video PSA'sJune 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 3May 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 BusinessesMay 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.
Al Fresco in FrankfortMay 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 MarketMay 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 NormalMay 6, 2020 - Mayor Holland discusses what the start of a return to normal might look like.
Governor Releases "Restore Illinois" PlanMay 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 ProclamationMay 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 PerspectivesApril 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 30April 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 LeagueApril 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 PandemicApril 17, 2020 - Mayor Holland interviews Police Chief John Burica.
Supporting Local BusinessesApril 13, 2020 - Mayor Holland discusses ways to help local businesses.
Not Quite Business as UsualApril 9, 2020 - Mayor Holland discusses Village operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Holland Posts Social-Distancing PSAApril 6, 2020
IDPH Publishes Data by Zip Code
Mayor Holland Calls on Community to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19April 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.
Mayor of Frankfort
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.
Governor to Extend Stay-at-Home OrderMarch 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.
Reminder: Maintain Social DistancingMarch 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.
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 OrderMarch 20, 2020
Effective Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. thru end of April 7, 2020.
Frankfort Announces COVID-19 Precautions
- 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.
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