Emergency Information - COVID-19
Message from Mayor John Kahl Regarding City of East Peoria Reopening Plan
May 15, 2020 - As we continue to navigate through uncertain times, the East Peoria City Council stands united in its support of the Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan submitted to Governor Pritzker on April 29, 2020. As the elected leaders of the City of East Peoria, we remain committed to reopening our community in a measured, reasonable approach on behalf of those whom we serve. The Peoria region continues to meet the metrics used in the determination of moving from phase to phase. The East Peoria City Council is supportive of the continuance of Phase 1 of the Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan.
The Peoria County Health Department, the City of Peoria and Peoria County submitted the Heart of Illinois Plan to the IDPH and Governor Pritzker last week. The HOI Plan is a sub-regional plan with many similar elements as those within the Tri-County Plan. The goal of the East Peoria City Council continues to be one of a regional approach to reopening. We will be following many aspects of the HOI Protocols to be used as guidelines for those individuals and businesses choosing to reopen within East Peoria Corporate limits as part of the Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan.
The Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan does not compel any business or any individual to reopen or to take any action, including any that might be contrary to the directives found in the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-32. All are free to strictly abide by all aspects of the Governor’s latest order should they so choose.
The implementation of the Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan is a declaration by the Mayor that any business or any individual who takes steps toward reopening consistent with its guidelines, including those relating to precautionary health measures for the particular phase that applies, will have the full support of the City government.
Consequently, no City official, including police officers, will take any step to discourage anyone from reopening or taking any action consistent with the Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan.
The individuals or business that are licensed by the State must consult with the respective licensing authority and, if they choose, their private legal counsel concerning the consequences of taking any action inconsistent with the Governor’s latest order.
Actions that are contrary to the Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan are discouraged by the City, but formal enforcement measures will be taken only if authority to do so is made clear by decision of a court with jurisdiction over the City or by specific guidelines from the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s office.
Remember, the Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan, including timelines, is subject to change depending on further developments, including receipt of updated medical data and guidelines from the local healthcare providers and health departments.
We encourage our residents to exercise personal responsibility, to remain respectful and to remain supportive as we take necessary steps to protect public health, while at the same time protecting the businesses that serve our community.
Read Previous Reopening Announcements
East Peoria is committed to reopening its business community and getting its residents back to work, while at the same time citizens do their part to take necessary precautions to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all. During each phase of this plan, local governments will continue to monitor the status of its impact in coordination with the local health departments and other local organizations. As with any plan, the elements presented here, including the timelines, are subject to change (some aspects of which need to be tailored to our respective local governmental units).
Phase 1 - May 15, 2020 Reopening Protocols
The City of East Peoria will be following many aspects of the Heart of Illinois Plan Protocols during Phase 1 of the Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan. Click on the links to read the reopening protocols.
Phase 1 - May 1, 2020
Nonessential businesses may reopen but shall take appropriate mitigation measures to ensure that social distancing guidelines are maintained. Businesses should take all necessary precautions and follow sanitation protocols as approved by the local health department. Businesses include, but are not limited to, all retailers, shopping centers, auto dealerships, distribution centers, nursery/garden shops, other lawn and garden centers, marinas, parks, lakes, golf courses, campgrounds and other outdoor recreational areas. Nonessential travel should be minimized. Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10. All vulnerable people should continue to shelter in place.
Salons, barber shops, spas, dog grooming facilities and other personal care facilities may reopen but shall take appropriate mitigation measures, such as reconfiguring and/or restricting space to enable people to be located apart, to ensure that social distancing guidelines are maintained. In addition, employees and patrons shall be required to use face masks while in close proximity to each other. Employees must clean and wipe all surfaces between clients.
Gyms/fitness studios and indoor recreational facilities may reopen. Mitigation measures, such as reconfiguring and/or restricting space to enable people to be located apart, shall be taken to ensure that social distancing guidelines are maintained. Equipment must be cleaned and wiped between users.
Restaurants, bakeries and bars may continue to prepare and serve food providing that the food is for off-premise consumption and served through means such as in-house-delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through service and curbside pick-up. In addition, patrons may enter the premises to purchase food or beverages for carry-out. License holders with the authority to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption may continue to sell alcoholic liquor for off-premises consumption provided that the alcoholic liquor is in its unopened, original packaging through means of in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through service, curbside pick-up and home delivery. In addition, patrons may enter the premises to purchase food or beverage for carry-out providing social distancing guidelines are maintained.