COVID-19 Updates and Resources
The Village of Homer Glen will continue to provide regular updates to our residents and local businesses, as information becomes available. Village staff is in constant communication with its partner agencies and first responders to make sure necessary information is disseminated. This site will be the primary local source for information. Please follow us on Facebook and our website to stay informed of local happenings and programs that may be able to assist our community during this difficult time. Resources and helpful links are listed below.
All regions of the state will move into Phase 3 (Recovery) of the “Restore Illinois” plan starting Friday, May 29. The Governor announced during his daily press briefing that the same criteria used to determine if a region could move into Phase 3 will also be used to determine if a region can move into Phase 4 (Revitalization). The earliest that a region can move into Phase 4 is Friday, June 26.
Governor Pritzker announced the release of new Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services from IDPH. This guidance does not obligate or encourage places of worship to resume in-person activity. It only provides guidance on how to facilitate in-person services in the safest possible environment.
DCEO provided a general statement regarding both public and private (at homeowners associations and condominiums) pools. DCEO now indicates that all pools should not be opened until detailed guidance is provided by IDPH.
IDPH released Private RV Parks and Campgrounds Guidelines.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is providing COVID-19 tax tips to taxpayers to assist them in understanding the relief opportunities available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other recent legislation. IRS’ tax tips link.
The Village Hall will reopen to the public on June 1, 2020. All persons entering the building will be required to wear a mask. Social distancing will be enforced. Public Committee meetings will also reconvene in June. The Village Board meetings will continue to be held both in person and via Zoom for the month of June. The Community Room will remain closed.
Governor Pritzker announced the release of guidelines for businesses that will be allowed to re-open under Phase 3 (Recovery) of the “Restore Illinois” plan. These guidelines are available on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) website. These guidelines are intended to prepare businesses, employers and employees to implement new safety measures for reopening and returning to work. It is anticipated that all regions of the state will enter Phase 3 of the plan on May 29, 2020. More information about today’s announcement is available in the Governor’s press release.
Below is the list of guidelines and toolkits for businesses allowed to re-open in Phase 3:
- Common Guidelines for all Phase 3 Businesses and Operations
- Toolkit for Manufacturing
- Toolkit for Health and Fitness Centers
- Toolkit for Offices
- Toolkit for Personal Care Services
- Toolkit for Retail Businesses
- Toolkit for Service Counters
- Toolkit for Youth Sports
- Toolkit for Restaurants & Bars
- Guidelines for Outdoor Recreation
- Guidelines for Day Camps
For those restaurants and bars interested in outdoor seating, please see the temporary outdoor dining permit application (available via this link) and email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bars and restaurants will have the option to resume operations for outdoor seating, but not for regular indoor food service. Tables must be six feet apart and away from sidewalks, face coverings and distancing measures for staff must continue to be followed. Bars and restaurants will be also required to follow additional precautions and guidance that will be issued at a later date.
- All retail stores can open their doors to in-person shopping with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits in place.
- Health clubs, gyms, and fitness studios can provide one-on-one personal training in indoor facilities and outdoor fitness classes of up to ten people.
- Personal care services, like nail salons, spas and barbershops, can open with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits.
- Golf will now be allowed in foursomes, and golf carts will be allowed with capacity limits of one person per cart. One additional member of the same household will be allowed to share a cart.
- Indoor and outdoor tennis facilities will be allowed to open while following IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits.
- All state parks will reopen on May 29. All parks concessions will reopen, as well, under guidance set for retail and food service businesses.
- Boating or camping of up to 10 people will be allowed.
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Village Board Launches COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Assistance Program
Partnering to Keep the Lights On
At the March 25 meeting, Mayor Yukich and the Village Board of Trustees proactively approved COVID-19 financial assistance for small businesses to Keep the Lights On. The program provides financial assistance to eligible independently-owned businesses in Homer Glen. Up to a $10,000 line of credit is available with loans offered at zero percent (0%) interest. Click on the link below for the program details and application form. Eligible businesses can apply now.
Village Hall is Closed - At the direction of Governor Pritzker (Executive Order #2020-10) the Village Hall will be closed to the public until June 1. At this time, staff is working (in office and remotely) and the Village is answering phone calls at the main number 708-301-0632.
Essential employees will continue to monitor our Village Facilities and Parks. Department email boxes will be checked periodically and will be responded to as personnel is available based upon priority. Department email boxes are as follows:
- All police administration and non-emergency matters for the Will County Sheriff’s Department should be directed to 708-301-9274.
- The Will County Sheriff’s Department personnel will continue to respond to service calls and patrol the Village of Homer Glen, as they do currently under our existing contract.
- For emergencies, call 9-1-1.
- Adjudication Court: April’s Adjudication is cancelled. The next adjudication hearing is schedule for May 20.
- Village Meetings: Village Hall will be open for the Village Board meeting on May 27, 2020. Due to concerns about large gatherings and social distancing requirements, multiple Trustees will be attending remotely. Individuals should not attend if they are sick or have been around anyone who has been sick. All attendees will be required to wash their hands prior to entering the board room and adhere to social distancing requirements. The meeting will be recorded and available on this website on Thursday morning, and we encourage residents to watch the meeting.
- The public agenda packet is posted on this website.
- Special Events: Following direction from Governor Pritzker and recommendation from the CDC, the Village has cancelled its Homer Community Festival.
Building Permits & Inspections
Applications for building permits can still be submitted by email, fax or regular mail. The Village’s permits are available on the Permit Applications page. At this time, the Village will not require payment of the permit fees at time of application. These fees will now be able to be paid at time of permit issuance. Village staff will still be conducting essential inspections. Nonessential inspections, that require entering our residents’ homes will not be conducted at this time. The determination of essential versus nonessential will be decided by the Village’s Chief Building Official. The processes for issuing building permits and requesting inspections will continue with no changes. Next week, the Village will have installed a drop box by the Village Building Department entrance that will allow residents/contractors to drop off large-format plans and permit applications. All possible efforts will be taken to not disrupt construction in the Village, while still protecting the public and Village staff.
No Door-to-Door Solicitations - There are no solicitation permits issued at this time.
Utilities and Services
- AT&T - Offers added relief for customers.
- Comcast - New policies for the next 60 days including free WiFi hotspots for everyone, no disconnects or late fees, and more.
- ComEd - Imposing a moratorium on the service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1.
- Homewood Disposal - No changes to service.
- Illinois American Water - In addition to suspending shut-offs, ILAW is suspending late fees until further notice.
- Nicor Gas - Nicor has suspended service disconnections for non-payment through May 1.
Please DINE LOCAL! Thank you to all of our local restaurants that have decided to remain open for the public, offering drive-thru, curb-side pick-up, and/or delivery. In an effort to promote our local businesses, the Village attempted to contact all of our local restaurants to compile a list of those that will still remain open. We will update this list as additional information is received.
The latest news. programs, and resources for businesses can be found on the Business Resource page.
Residents can find information and resources for child care, filing for unemployment, taxes, support services, and volunteer opportunities related to the COVID-19 epidemic on the Resident Resources page.
Links to Government websites with credible information and resources related to the Coronavirus can be found on the Coronavirus Government Resources page.
Information about face-coverings is provided on the Face Mask Page.
Answers to frequently asked questions are provided by various agencies on the Frequently Asked Questions page.