General Information

COVID-19 is an emerging respiratory illness first identified in China and which has now been detected in multiple countries around the world, including the United States. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
Symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure.
The virus is thought to spread primarily from person-to-person who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or by by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
Symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms call your doctor. Serious emergency warning signs for COVID-19 include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face. If you have these symptoms seek medical attention immediately.
Residents are encouraged to follow the below general guidance to reduce the likelihood of airborne transmission of any respiratory disease:
  • Practice “social distancing” of at least 6 feet
  • 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
  • If you or a family member is sick, stay home and limit contact with others
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
If you are sick and have also either recently traveled to a country with sustained community spread of COVID-19 or had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.
Residents are encouraged to follow the below general guidance to reduce the likelihood of airborne transmission of any respiratory disease:
  • Practice “social distancing” of at least 6 feet
  • 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
  • If you or a family member is sick, stay home and limit contact with others
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
For more information visit the CDC's website.

Cook County is currently in Phase 1B of the Vaccination Plan.

The State of Illinois is continuing Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

  • Suburban Cook County started to receive vaccine on December 16, 2020. All 15 hospitals in suburban Cook County have the vaccine and have started to vaccinate their healthcare personnel.
  • Priority Group 1a is defined as healthcare personnel and long-term care facility staff and residents given their high risk of COVID-19 exposure. This phase includes licensed paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
  • Frontline essential workers, like first responders who were not part of Priority Group 1a, teachers, and grocery workers, as well as people 65 years old or greater are part of Priority Group 1b.
  • Local government workers who are not frontline essential workers, including elected officials, are in Priority Group 1c.
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health is guiding local health departments and vaccine providers in Illinois from one phase to the next. Vaccine availability is a limiting factor as to how fast the changes between phases will occur.
  • As the COVID vaccine continues to be distributed throughout Cook County, the Cook County Department of Public Health is encouraging individuals qualified under Phase 1 who live or work in suburban Cook County, as well as other suburban Cook County residents to sign up to receive:
    • Updates on the Vaccine and the Community Vaccination Program
    • Notification for when vaccine administration is open to your phase
    • Information on scheduling a vaccine appointment through Cook County Health
    • Information on vaccine distribution locations throughout Cook County
  • Cook County is currently in Phase 1B of the Vaccination Plan. The number of appointments available in this Priority Group is based on the amount of vaccine Cook County expects to have. Individuals interested in signing-up with Cook County can verify their Priority Group and will be notified when additional vaccine appointments become available. Suburban Cook County residents and essential workers wishing to sign-up for additional vaccine distribution information should visit: .
    • Individuals who do not have internet access may call 1-833-308-1988, Monday through Friday, 7am to 7pm. This number may experience a large volume of calls so it is important to keep trying.
  • After signing up on Cook County’s website, individuals will receive an email verifying their individual Priority Group (1a, 1b, 1c). In addition, future updates will be sent to the email provided in the sign-up process.

In the meantime, please visit the Cook County website periodically for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, and please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands and practice social distancing.


Tier 1 Rules and Regulations


Restaurant & Bars
Food Services at Bowling Alleys
Licensed Video Gaming
Meetings & Social Events/Banquets
Offices, Retail, Service Counters & Personal Care Services
Health, Sports and Fitness
Miscellaneous Questions
Appendix A  Regulations for Outdoor Dining Structures

Restaurant & Bars

  • Indoor service is permitted provided that the establishment either serves food or can make food available for its patrons but is limited to:
    • Occupancy of the lesser of 25 people or 25% capacity per room and
    • Table sizes are limited to 4 people.
  • Outdoor service is permissible with tables up to 10
  • The state defines “outdoor dining” as a dining or drinking area if the area meets any of the following criteria:
    • The area is located on the rooftop of a building or within establishment with retractable roof (should remain open during hours of operation of outdoor dining and/or drinking); or
    • The area is connected to or located on the site of a restaurant, grocery store, health or fitness center, hotel, golf club, or other social club with a food establishment license; or
    • The area is an indoor space where 50% or more of a wall can be removed via the opening  of windows, doors, or panels provided that dining tables are within 8-ft from such opening; or
    • The area has been authorized in writing by the Village as an outdoor dining area, and
      • food and drinks are prepared by licensed food or liquor establishments, and
      • proper social distancing of 6-ft between designated customer tables and/or other seating areas is observed.
    • See Appendix A for special rules for Outdoor Dining Structures
  • Contact Information
    • Bars and restaurants must utilize a reservation system for contact tracing purposes.
    • However, bars and restaurants can accept walk-ins provided they record the contact information of at least one person in the party – this is considered a walk-up reservation
    • A copy of the reservations and contact information should be kept for a minimum of 28 days to enable the business and state/local health officials to contact the patrons in the event of exposure to COVID-19
  • Bars and restaurants must close, and patrons must be off the premises by 11:00 p.m.
  • Bars and restaurants may not open before 6:00 a.m.
  • There are no specific restrictions on take-out, drive-thru, or delivery options for restaurants.
    • Drive-thru, carry out, and delivery service is still permitted after 11:00 p.m., but customers must depart after obtaining their food and there should not be congregation of customers outside of the restaurant after closure time.

Food Services at Bowling Alleys

  • Indoor concessions and food service at bowling alleys are permitting and subject to the same regulations for indoor dining at bars and restaurants.

Licensed Video Gaming

  • Gaming is limited to within the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, with no exceptions.
  • Food and beverage service in the gaming area is suspended
  • Masks must be worn at all times in the gaming area,
  • Congregating around video gaming terminals is prohibited and there is a one person per video gaming terminal limitation
  • Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Terminal Operator Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect along with other applicable protocols and directives from the Illinois Gaming Board
  • Failure to comply with mitigation efforts and restrictions could subject licensees to discipline from the Illinois Gaming Board, up to an including license revocation

Meetings & Social Events/Banquets

This category includes but is not limited to, weddings, bridal & baby showers, receptions, birthday parties, picnics & barbecues, and funerals

  • Capacity is limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25% overall room capacity.
  • Bars and restaurants can hold meetings or events so long as food is provided. Capacity is limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25% capacity of the room
  • This limit does NOT apply to internal office meetings and trainings, however:
    • To the extent employee training sessions and meetings can be performed virtually, please do so,
    • Internal employee meetings and trainings may be held on-site, for company purposes,
    • Onsite trainings and/or meetings for employees, must follow all guidelines related to social distancing and participants must have masks on during the sessions, and
    • Tables should be spread out so that the participants are greater than 6’ apart

Offices, Retail, Service Counters & Personal Care Services

  • Offices may operate at 50% capacity
  • Offices, Retail, service counter, and personal care service  businesses should  follow the Phase 4 guidelines which are summarized as follows:
    • All employees who can work from home should continue to do so.
    • Employees should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when within 6-ft. of others (cloth masks preferred).
    • Employer should provide hand washing capability or sanitizer to employees and if applicable, customers.
    • Frequent hand washing by employees should be encouraged, and an adequate supply of soap/ paper towels and/or disinfectant/ hand sanitizer should be available

Health, Sports and Fitness

  • Health and fitness workplaces may operate at maximum of 50% of occupancy
  • All employees who can work from home should continue to do so
  • Employees should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when within 6-ft. of others (cloth masks preferred). Exceptions may be made where accommodations are appropriate – see IDHR’s guidance
  • Social distance of at least 6-ft. should be maintained between non-household individuals unless participating in activities permitted under Phase 4 guidelines
  • Employers should provide hand washing capability or sanitizer to employees and if applicable, customers
  • Frequent hand washing by employees, and an adequate supply of soap/ paper towels and/or disinfectant/ hand sanitizer should be available
  • Social distance of at least 6-ft. should be maintained between non-household individuals unless participating in activities permitted under Phase 4 guidelines
  • Out-of-state travel for competitive games by individuals and/or teams is strongly discouraged.
  • Teams should comply with local orders prohibiting travel or requiring self-quarantine if they travel to certain states.
  • Teams should not exceed 25 participants, excluding coaches
  • Participants in practice or a competition are required to wear face coverings any time they are within six feet of another individual,
  • These rules apply to non-competitive dance classes and lessons

Miscellaneous Questions

  • Does the prohibition on meetings and events impact governmental entities?
    • The mitigation measures do not affect services provided by governments to ensure their continued operations or to provide for or support the health, safety, and welfare of the public
    • However, governmental agencies, including school boards, are encouraged to hold public meetings remotely
  • Do I have to wear a face covering even when I am alone in my workspace?
    • The control of communicable disease code and Covid-19 Executive Orders require that individuals wear face coverings when unable to maintain at least a six-foot social distance
    • This requirement applies whether in an indoor space or in a public outdoor space where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not always possible
    • If an individual is isolated in their office or at their workspace, the face covering may be removed.
    • However, the face covering must be worn when walking around the work area and there is a possibility of coming within six feet of another individual or if it is possible that other individuals may approach within six feet, even when an individual is stationary

Appendix A

Regulations for Outdoor Dining Structures


  • An outdoor dining structure such as a dome, tent, or igloo is permitted provided the structure:
    • has been approved by the Fire Chief and permitted by the Building Commissioner, and
    • complies with all required municipal and/or local liquor commission restrictions and approval.
  • Temporary outdoor structures must have at least two of the sides open to provide adequate air flow.
  • Patrons inside a temporary outdoor structure must be seated, and tables must be spaced a minimum of six feet apart.
  • All structural materials should have a fire-resistant certification or flame certification showing material is fire-rated or noncombustible.
  • Restaurants must have inclement weather plans approved in writing by the Village Administrator and must provide training to staff to prevent any injuries in storms, snow, or other unsafe situations
  • Tents or Domes/Igloos for Single Table Dining Groups
    • May be utilized by a single party only (subject to mitigation restrictions on dining party size),
    • The structure must maintain air circulation at all times, for example via an open door, two opposing window/side openings or an open roof panel or panels,
    • Interactions with waitstaff should be brief and all parties must have masks on during these exchanges, and
    • The chairs and table must be sanitized after each use.
  • Heating Devices
    • Must be inspected and approved by the Building Commissioner,
    • must be kept away from combustible materials, such as tents, at all times,
    • Enclosed areas with heating devices must have clearly marked entrances and exits, and
    • Businesses must have sufficient fire extinguishers to cover indoor and outdoor spaces .

On April 15, 2020 Village of Morton Grove Mayor Dan DiMaria joined the US Surgeon General, the CDC and communities across the country by issuing an Executive Directive requesting that people wear a cloth face covering when they are in public settings, especially while shopping, using public transportation and in situations where social distancing is difficult. People need not wear a face covering when engaged in outdoor exercise such as walking, running, or biking, when riding alone in a personal vehicle, when alone or with household members in a separate single space, or when wearing a mask creates a health, safety or security risk.Recent studies have shown that people who are asymptomatic can spread COVID-19 more widely than previously thought. Wearing a cloth mask or other covering will help prevent the further spread of the coronavirus and keep it from accelerating. Face coverings not only helps to reduce the risk that a healthy person can breathe the droplets in but also protects others around someone with mild symptoms who may not yet realize they have the illness.

Coverings can be made from several options most people probably already have at home. bandanas, fabric masks, neck gaiters, or even a triangle out of an old t-shirt. Fabric masks and bandanas can be washed and used again. However, please don't buy medical-grade N-95 masks, which are in short supply. Those should be saved for first responders.

In issuing this directive, Mayor DiMaria also reminded residents that wearing a mask is not a substitute for following social and physical distancing. “The best thing you can do for yourself, your family, our healthcare workers, first responders and those who must work is to stay safe at home. If you must leave home for essential work or shopping, please keep at least a double arm’s length distance from others. Social distancing is still the best way that we as a community can fight the COVID- 19 pandemic.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
When to Wear a Mask
All Illinoisans should wear as mask or face covering when they must leave their home or report to work for essential operations and they either cannot or it is impractical to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and others. Examples include:
  • Shopping at essential businesses, like grocery stores or pharmacies,
  • Picking up food from the drive thru or curbside pickup,
  • While visiting your health care provider,
  • Traveling on public transportation,
  • Interacting with customers, clients, or coworkers at essential businesses,
  • Performing essential services for state and local government agencies, such as laboratory testing, where close interactions with other people are unavoidable, and
  • When feeling sick, coughing, or sneezing.
Those who are staying home and have no close contacts that are infected with COVID-19 don’t need a mask while at home. Provided you do so alone or with close, household contacts, other situations that don’t require a mask or face covering include running or walking in your neighborhood, mowing the lawn, performing spring yard cleanup, gardening, driveway car washing, and other outdoor activities on your own property. Nevertheless we must be intentional about avoiding crowds and social distancing so we can enjoy physical connections later.
grocery shopping
The Illinois Department of Public Health is providing guidance on grocery shopping during this time.
Click on the graphic to view the full size page.
Please be aware of fraud during the coronavirus emergency. An order is now in effect prohibiting door to door solicitation of any kind. If someone attempts to enter your home or comes to your door to try to sell you anything, do not open the door and call 911.
Be on the lookout for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. Government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails asking for your private information in order to send you money.
Other phishing emails may claim to be related to: charitable contributions, general financial relief, airline carrier refunds, fake cures and vaccines, and fake testing kits.
Do not open emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Do not click on links or open attachments you do not recognize. If clicked on, these links could be used to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information.
Be cautious of anyone trying to sell you products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products like sanitizers, gloves, N95 respirator masks, and face shields. Report counterfeit products at
If you are sick and have also either recently traveled to a country with sustained community spread of COVID-19 or had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.
Don’t fall prey to Coronavirus tricks; retirees among potential targets
The IRS and its Criminal Investigation Division have seen a wave of new and evolving phishing schemes against taxpayers. In most cases, the IRS will deposit economic impact payments into the direct deposit account taxpayers previously provided on tax returns. Those taxpayers who have previously filed but not provided direct deposit information to the IRS will be able to provide their banking information online to a newly designed secure portal on in mid-April. If the IRS does not have a taxpayer’s direct deposit information, a check will be mailed to the address on file. Taxpayers should not provide their direct deposit or other banking information for others to input on their behalf into the secure portal.
The IRS also reminds retirees who don’t normally have a requirement to file a tax return that no action on their part is needed to receive their $1,200 economic impact payment. Seniors should be especially careful during this period. The IRS reminds retirees – including recipients of Forms SSA-1099 and RRB-1099 − that no one from the agency will be reaching out to them by phone, email, mail or in person asking for any kind of information to complete their economic impact payment, also sometimes referred to as rebates or stimulus payments. The IRS is sending these $1,200 payments automatically to retirees – no additional action or information is needed on their part to receive this.
The IRS reminds taxpayers that scammers may:
  • Emphasize the words “Stimulus Check” or “Stimulus Payment.” The official term is economic impact payment.
  • Ask the taxpayer to sign over their economic impact payment check to them.
  • Ask by phone, email, text or social media for verification of personal and/or banking information saying that the information is needed to receive or speed up their economic impact payment.
  • Suggest that they can get a tax refund or economic impact payment faster by working on the taxpayer’s behalf. This scam could be conducted by social media or even in person.
  • Mail the taxpayer a bogus check, perhaps in an odd amount, then tell the taxpayer to call a number or verify information online in order to cash it.
Reporting Coronavirus-related or other phishing attempts
Those who receive unsolicited emails, text messages or social media attempts to gather information that appear to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, such as the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), should forward it to
Taxpayers are encouraged not to engage potential scammers online or on the phone. Learn more about reporting suspected scams by going to the Report Phishing and Online Scams page on
Official IRS information about the COVID-19 pandemic and economic impact payments can be found on the Coronavirus Tax Relief page on The page is updated quickly when new information is available.
Village Water Billing
The Village will not disconnect any residential or commercial water supply during the Gubenatorial Declaration of Emergency including any extenstions. Click here to make an online water bill payment.
Utilities- Nicor
Nicor is providing a special information site regarding assistance during this time. Click here for more information.
Utilities- Com Ed
ComEd is maintaining a Coronavirus information page for customers who have been impacted or has a hardship. Click here for more information
Comcast Xfinity is offering free WiFi hotspots across the country for anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots click here
Changes to Groot’s Recycling Program

In an effort to reduce potential exposure to personnel, if you or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, or is exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19, please bag your recyclables and place them in your trash/refuse cart. Please continue this practice until symptoms subside. If there are no signs of COVID-19 in your household, please continue to place your loose recyclables in your recycle cart.

Q&A – In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 via recyclables, please refer to the following list of questions and answers.

Q: What if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
A: Bag all recyclables and place them in your trash/refuse cart.

Q: What if someone in my household has COVID-19 symptoms?
A: Bag all recyclables and place them in your trash/refuse cart.

Q: When can I resume normal recycling if I have had COVID-19 symptoms?
A: Resume normal recycling when on one in your household shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19

Q: Can I still recycle if I don’t have signs of COVID-19?
A: Yes. Continue to place loose recyclables in your recycle cart.

As always, please refer to Groot’s list of approved items before placing them in your recycle cart. Now more than ever, “WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT”.

We understand the challenges faced by older adults during this time of restricted activity. Getting groceries, medications and staying connected can be difficult. The Village of Morton Grove offers the below information in an effort to provide alternatives to our senior residents who, along with the rest of us, are forced to change our lifestyles in response to COVID-19 restrictions.
Senior Shopping
The below vendors* offer limited opportunities EXCLUSIVE to senior citizens:

*Please check with the particular location to verify days & times.

In addition, there are services available that will do your shopping for you and deliver the groceries to your home. As long as you have internet access, you may want to look here for on-line grocery shopping options. These are shopping & delivery services that use the local stores you direct them to. Of course, private services like this do charge a little extra for delivery.

View the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) website for a complete list.

Medications/ Pharmaceutical Alternatives
The below vendors offer telephone ordering and delivery services (please verify w/ local vendor):
Credit Card over the phone
$7.99 - Next day deliveryWalgreens
Credit card over the phone
Before noon for same day delivery
No chargeCVS
Free delivery with care pass. Download app or fill out application in store

Senior Engagement Alternatives
Although our senor programming at the Civic Center has been temporarily suspended, our older adult activity coordinator (Mather) continues to offer conversational and engagement opportunities through:
Telephone Topics
With Telephone Topics, you simply call a toll-free number to listen to a wide range of interesting discussions and programs. Click here for a current list of topics and dial-in instructions.

Wellness programs
Participate in live, guided chair yoga or meditation sessions to stretch your body or mind.

Education programs
Learn about history, healthy habits, architecture, and more—it’s easy to learn something new!

Discussion topics
Share a piece of your mind when you join a lively discussion on sports, movies, and other topics.

Music reviews
Listen and learn about opera, early rock ’n’ roll, and other musical genres that get your toes tapping.

Live performances
Enjoy a live vocal performance or master storytelling session in the comfort of your own chair—with no cover charge!
Click here for current schedule.

Virtual Tours

Older adults staying at home may find the following virtual tours interesting:

Take a tour through a museum virtually: and

The Village of Morton Grove continues to provide and prioritize the delivery of essential services during this challenging time.

We hope this, as well as our future community communications, will help.

The Village of Morton Grove also encourages residents to stay informed about COVID-19 through the following sources:
Illinois Call4Calm Text Line (24/7): If you or a loved one are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish (Message and Data Rates May Apply. See Terms and Conditions of Use). People seeking assistance remain anonymous and provide only their first name and ZIP code, which enables the service to link them to a counselor in the area who is knowledgeable about available local resources.
Illinois Warm Line: If you or one of you family members has mental health and/or substance use challenges and would like to receive support by phone, call the Illinois Warm Line at 866-359-7953. Wellness support specialists are professionals who have experienced mental health and/or substance use recovery in their own lives. They are trained in recovery support, mentoring, and advocacy and are ready to listen and support you. The Illinois Warm Line is not a crisis hotline but is a source of support as you recover or help a family member to recover. Illinois Warm Line hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., except holidays.
Illinois CARES Line (24/7): If your child is a risk to themselves or others, having a mental health crisis, or if you would like a referral to services for children, youth, and families, call the 24-hour Crisis and Referral Entry Services (CARES) line to talk to a mental health professional. Call: 800-345-9049; TTY: 773-523- 4504 Illinois.
Turning Point Crisis Support Line: (847) 933-0051 x 0 Monday-Friday, 9 am-2 pm. Strategies for responding to challenging behaviors, tips for self-regulation and self-care, referrals and resources for ongoing mental health support. Ask to speak to a crisis worker.
Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances (24/7): If you or someone you know is suffering from an opioid use disorder or other substance use disorders, call the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at 833-2FINDHELP to speak with a trained professional for support and advice or to be directed to customized resources or visit
Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7; available nationally): If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). Caring staff will connect you with the closest possible crisis center in your area.
Turning Point: Counseling, “open access” and case management support. Contact 847-933-0051
Turning Point: Counseling for children- young adults up to age 24. Contact 847-676-0078 or email
AARP Friendly Voices- Connecting People to People: We may be isolated, but we don’t have to be alone. Sometimes, just hearing a friendly voice on the other end of the line is comforting. Call to speak with a volunteer: 1-888-281-0145. Leave your information and they will call you back.
Mather Telephone Topics: Senior programming. Dial into daily programs on wellness, education, discussion topics, and the arts.
Supporting Families During COVID-19: Information from the Child Mind Institute, a national non-profit dedicated to supporting families and children struggling with mental health conditions.
Covid-19 Parental Resources Kit- Childhood: CDC information for parents and caregivers that are supporting children’s social-emotional well-being (ages 6-12).
COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit- Young Adulthood: CDC information for parents and caregivers that are supporting young adult's social-emotional well-being.
COVID-19 Older Adults Resource Kit: CDC information for older adults regarding COVID
COVID-19 Resources for Caregivers of Older Adults: Resources and articles about finding support, getting help and staying safe/connected.
As of March 26, 2020, the Morton Grove Park District’s COVID-19 guidelines, in addition to the closure of all playgrounds, will now include the closure of all basketball courts and tennis courts to discourage large group gatherings. At this time, parks do remain open for walking or jogging as long as people refrain from gathering in groups and maintain the 6-foot social distancing guideline issued by the CDC.
The Morton Grove Public Library is offering expanded access to all the digital books, movies, music, TV shows, and music the Library has to offer from the comfort of your own home. See our Download & Stream page for more.
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is reminding Illinois residents about the Illinois Helpline, a resource for residents who need emotional support or quick answers to questions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Illinoisans can text “TALK” to 55-2020 (or "HABLAR" for Spanish) for the Call4Calm service, or text their questions about services provided by IDHS in communities across the state.
The text line is free of charge and designed to support residents who have questions about services or who are experiencing stress. In addition to the Call4Calm service, the text number can help Illinoisans find help and guidance on other critical issues during the pandemic. Residents can text keywords like "UNEMPLOYMENT," "FOOD," or "SHELTER," to 55-2020 to receive additional information in response.
Once a resident texts “TALK” to the helpline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support. Calls are anonymous. Since Governor Pritzker announced Call4Calm on April 11, 2020, nearly 2,000 individuals have texted the helpline. There are 62 Community Mental Health Centers supporting the Call4Calm service.
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