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Village Information Regarding COVID-19

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Village Information Regarding COVID-19:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 21, 2020

Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney, along with Public Health and Safety Commissioner Dan Polk are calling on all Palos Park residents, visitors, businesses, and employees to use face masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within our community. This follows the current recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

All persons should wear face coverings (covering their nose and mouth0 made of any cloth or other material which is designed and made to inhibit or filter the breath, sneeze or cough of the person wearing the mask. The masks can include non-medical grade masks, cloth or plastic masks, scarves, bandanas or handkerchiefs.

Masks should be worn in any business open to the public or where employees have contact with the public. These businesses include, but are not limited to grocery stores, restaurants, financial institutions, pharmacies, group homes, and assisted living facilities, as well as by any curbside or home delivery staffs.

Masks should be worn while engaging in essential activities such as shopping for necessary supplies or medication, and while visiting a health care provider. Masks should also be worn while riding in public transportation including trains, buses, or ride shares.

Some exceptions to wearing a mask include: a person engaged in an outdoor activity such as walking, running, biking or other solitary physical activity while practicing social or physical distancing of at least six feet apart from others; occupants in a personal vehicle; when alone or with household members; or when drinking or eating.

Medical grade masks or N95 respirators are NOT recommended for general use as they are reserved for use by our health care and medical providers, as well as our first responders.

This call to wear face masks does NOT diminish the need to continually practice physical distancing and frequent washing of your hands. Always remember, if you’re not feeling well, stay at home.

Following CDC Guidelines, Village of Palos Park Buildings Closed to the Public

Pursuant to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, the Village of Palos Park is making the following modifications to its business operations. The Palos Park Village Hall (Kaptur Center), the Palos Park Recreation Center, and the Palos Park Public Works facility will be closed to the public as of 5:00 PM on Friday March 20, 2020 until further notice. All programs and events scheduled to take place at all facilities are canceled until at minimum April 8th. Staff will continue to report for work as usual.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released guidelines to restrict in-person gatherings with over 50 people in attendance and has recommended restricting groups to less than 10 persons. As the concern for the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to grow, please know that the Village is closely monitoring the situation.

For the safety of the community and staff, and to help prevent the spread of illness, we are encouraging social distancing and suggest that the community use electronic or other alternate means to access Village services in order to limit physical human interactions.

There will be no disruption of public services, including Police, water or other services. Refuse service will continue to operate in its usual manner, no special handling of waste is required.

Please contact the Village at (708) 671-3700 to speak to a Village employee who will be more than happy to help direct your calls to a department or provide further information regarding access to Village services electronically. Inquiries can also be made to info@palospark.org Many Village services are accessible online at www.palospark.org.

A list of restaurant services in Palos Park is also available using the following link https://www.palospark.org/434/Local-Restaurants.

Please stay safe and healthy, we will all get through this period of crisis together.

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