Naperville declares local state of emergency in response to COVID-19

a local state of emergency to increase city responsiveness to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city council members, sitting a chair-length away from each other and some participating over the phone, unanimously voted to extend the declaration until April 21.

The Naperville residents of certain pressures regarding the coronavirus, including waiving electric and water cut offs for missed payments and extending grocery deliveries times beyond normal hours. Additionally, city buildings will be closed to the public and city workers are encouraged to stay 中国体彩官方app下载安卓. The will continue to operate in the community, however their buildings will also be closed to the public and non-emergencies are directed to telephone and online reports.

“I acknowledge that the events of the past few weeks have been disconcerting to many, but I urge Naperville citizens to remain calm and follow the advice of health experts,” Chirico said in a press release. “The City has plans in place to ensure that we can continue delivering critical city services, and I am confident that we will get through this situation together and come out stronger as a community in the end.”

On Monday, the Village of Lisle announced similar measures by starting Tuesday. While the Lisle Police Department will emergency services, non-emergency calls that require paperwork will be filled out over the phone and many non-essential services, like certain community service duties, have been put on hiatus.

The local state of emergency declaration comes after Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on a state-wide level and President Donald Trump a national state of emergency. Pritzker also ordered the closure of and to stop service for dine-in patrons, but delivery and curbside pickup options are available at some restaurants until at least March 30. Gatherings of are also banned.

Trump’s Friday, allowed up to $50 billion in assistance to state and local governments’ efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. The city’s measure may make it easier for the city to apply for federal relief funds in the future.

 

Editor’s Note: The North Star covered this story, in part, via the of the city council meeting. The North Star staff is practicing social distancing procedures during its coverage.

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