Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

A Message from Village President Kit Ketchmark 


Restore Illinois: 

Restore Illinois Plan

Restore Illinois Phase 4 Information
 
Beginning on Friday, June 26, the Village will be moving into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Phase 4 allows for many activities and businesses to reopen or expand service. This includes indoor dining at restaurants and gatherings of 50 or less people. Face coverings will continue to be required in public when social distancing cannot be maintained.
 
What Will be Open?
 
 
Gatherings: All gatherings of 50 people or fewer are allowed with this limit subject to change based on latest data & guidance
 
Health care: All health care providers are open
 
Education and child care: P-12 schools, higher education, all summer programs, and child care open with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) approved safety guidance
 
Outdoor Recreation: All outdoor recreation allowed
 
Businesses:
  • Manufacturing: All manufacturing open with IDPH approved safety guidance
  • “Non-essential” businesses: All employees return to work with IDPH approved safety guidance; Employers are encouraged to provide accommodations for COVID-19-vulnerable employees
  • Bars and restaurants: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance
  • Personal Care Services and Health Clubs: All barbershops, salons, spas and health and fitness clubs open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance
  • Entertainment: Cinema and theaters open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance
  • Retail: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance

 
Village Facilities Open
 
Members of the public entering Village facilities will be required to wear a face covering. The Village Hall lobby and Parks and Recreation Department area will have floor markings to maintain social distancing. Additionally, plexiglass barriers have been installed at the front counters. Village Hall will be open Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and the Public Works Department will be open from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
 
The Village remains committed to the safety and well being of residents and staff; therefore, we encourage residents to continue utilizing alternative methods, such as the ones below, to engage with Village staff. 
 
a) Water Bill Payments:
  1. Online Through the Village’s Website: brookfieldil.gov
  2. Placed in One of the Drop Boxes Located in the Village Hall Parking Lot and by the Front Door of Fire Station 1 on Shields Ave
  3. Pay by phone using a credit card at 708-485-7344 and selecting option # 1
b) Vehicle Sticker Purchase:
           1. Online Through the Village’s Website
            2. By mail – Instructions can be found on the application
           3. Payments will be taken over the counter
Please note: No stickers will be issued at the Village Hall front window.
 
c) Building permit applications and contractor registrations can be found at the “Forms” Tab on the Village Website at brookfieldil.gov and all documentation can be scanned and e-mailed to permits@brookfieldil.gov , sent by fax to 708-485-8090 or left in the drop box at Village Hall. Residents looking to speak with an inspector in-person will need to make an appointment in advance by calling (708)485-7344.
 
d) Registration for Parks and Recreation activities can be done over the phone by calling 708-485-1474 or online at rectrac.brookfieldil.gov/
At this time, all play grounds and the splash pad will remain closed.
 
e) Email Questions and Concerns to help@brookfieldil.gov
 
f) By Phone:
  • Village Hall (Community Development & Finance Departments): (708) 485-7344
  • Village Manager’s Office: (708)485-1444
  • Non-Emergency Police: (708)485-8131
  • Public Works Department (7:00 am – 3:30 pm): (708)485-2540

The Governor’s Office is collecting and responding to questions regarding the State’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They have created an email address, Gov.COVID19stakeholder@illinois.gov, where Illinois residents may send questions, comments and recommendations. The Governor’s staff will compile all inquiries and respond with answers.

More information can also be found at the following links: 

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

State of Illinois – COVID-19

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Illinois COVID-19 Hotline and Email Address

If you have questions about Coronavirus-
Call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline 1(800) 889-3931 or,
Send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV
Anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program:

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is launching the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The BIG Program is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures. DCEO will begin distributing funds to qualifying businesses in early July. 

The link below will take you to the page that describes the grants that the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is administering for the state … applications open up this Friday 6/26/2020 …once submitted the firm will be entered into a “lottery” for one of the grants … 

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/C19DisadvantagedBusGrants.aspx 

Business covered are:

  • Bars and Restaurants – $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing 1,000 grants of up to $20,000
  • Barbershops and Salons – $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers – $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people, and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats, and bats.  Rarely animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people. Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide.  However, the emergence of novel (new) coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, have been associated with more severe respiratory illness.

Symptoms

Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

Transmission

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through

  • the air by coughing and sneezing
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • rarely, fecal contamination

Prevention

The following can help prevent the spread of coronaviruses and protect yourself from becoming infected.

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick

There are currently no vaccines to protect against human coronavirus infection

Treatment

There are no specific treatments. To help relieve symptoms

  • take pain and fever medications
  • drink plenty of liquids
  • stay home and rest