The Village President today, March 17, 2020, signed a Declaration of Local Disaster Public Health Emergency. This is a procedural step under state law that will provide the Village the authority to respond more quickly and effectively to the rapidly evolving public health crisis associated with COVID-19.
The local emergency declaration by Wilmette establishes the legal authority for emergency purchasing, emergency staffing, the closure of public facilities, meeting cancellations and postponements, and suspension of certain Village regulations. The declaration also creates the mechanisms necessary to seek future reimbursements from the state and federal governments.
The local declaration will have no impact on essential core services provided by the Village, including the provision of Police, Fire, Water, and Public Works services. The Village has announced several temporary changes to non-essential Village services and facilities in response to COVID-19 which are detailed below. These decisions were made based upon guidance from the CDC, which recommends limiting in-person interactions to prevent exposure and spread of COVID-19. As always, the Village’s top priority is to promote the health and safety of our residents, businesses, guests, employees, and community.