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.
FRIDAY, JUNE 11 – MOVE TO PHASE 5
According to information released last week by the Governor’s Office, the entire State of Illinois will move to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan on Friday, June 11. This move is possible due to low rates of COVID-19 positivity, low numbers of hospitalizations from the virus and more than half of the state’s population being vaccinated to protect against the virus. This move will allow for a full reopening of all businesses and activities, with some continued safety guidelines for unvaccinated people and for all individuals in certain settings (i.e., while taking public transportation, etc.).
Here are excerpts from a recent announcement by the State of Illinois:
Following weeks of steady decreases in new positive COVID-19 cases and with over 67% of residents age 18 and older receiving their first vaccine dose, Governor JB Pritzker is releasing guidelines for Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, which will go into effect on June 11th and marks a full reopening of all businesses and activities. This guidance will mean businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, and seated-spectator venues, among others, will be able to operate at full capacity for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The State is also lifting the outdoor mask requirement in schools in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This guidance comes as Illinois has recently reached a test positivity rate of less than 2 percent, more than half of the population has been fully vaccinated, and key hospitalization metrics have been declining since early May.
Upon entering Phase 5, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. The State will continue to recommend masking for unvaccinated persons, and require it for all people while traveling on public transportation, in congregate settings, in health care settings, as well as in schools, day cares, and educational institutions pursuant to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and CDC guidance. Businesses and local municipalities can put in place additional mitigations as they deem appropriate.
Phase 5 also marks the return of traditional conventions, festivals, and large events without capacity restrictions. Large gatherings of all sizes can resume across all industry settings, and Phase 5 removes requirements that businesses institute mandatory social distancing in seated venues as well as daily health screenings of employees and visitors. Businesses and venues should continue to allow for social distancing to the extent possible, especially indoors. Businesses and venues may also continue to put in place additional public health mitigations as they deem appropriate, including requiring face coverings.
While the entry to Phase 5 signals an end to business and activity specific guidance requiring social distancing, health screening and other required operational shifts, Illinois will continue to recommend face coverings for unvaccinated persons, as well as all individuals while (1) on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation and in transportation hubs, such as airports and train and bus stations; (2) in congregate facilities such as correctional facilities, veterans’ homes, and long-term care facilities, group homes, and residential facilities; and (3) in healthcare settings.
Click here for FULL LIST of Updates.
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.
Building Permits & Inspections
The Building Department is open during its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Masks are required when entering the building. Applications for building permits can be submitted in person, by email, fax, or regular mail. The Village’s permits are available on the Permit Application page. The Village will not require payment of permit fees at time of application unless you are submitting in person. Permit fees will now be able to be paid at time of permit issuance. Village staff will still be conducting inspections, practicing social distancing protocols. The processes for issuing building permits and requesting inspections will continue with no changes. The Village has installed a drop box by the Village’s main entrance that will allow residents/contractors to drop off 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.
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.