By Bob Uphues
Riverside's village government offices inside the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, will be closed to the public until further notice, effective Oct. 18, due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases locally.
Village staff will be working onsite in their offices, said Village Manager Jessica Frances, and will be available by phone (708-447-2700) and email during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to conduct village business online through the village website at riverside.il.us. The village's Community Development Department will continue to schedule inspections, and staff will wear appropriate PPE when they make site visits, Frances said.
"We just want to make sure we're protecting people as much as possible," she said.
The Riverside Village Board's next meeting, which had been scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, has been canceled. The village board moved earlier this month to hold its meetings virtually. That practice will continue for the foreseeable future. The village board is still planning to hold two meetings in December, although that could change.
Meanwhile, North Riverside Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr. announced on Monday that the village board meeting scheduled for Dec. 14 and future meetings until further notice would be conducted virtually and accessible to residents via Zoom.
On Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that the seven-day rolling COVID-19 positivity rate in Region 10, which includes all of suburban Cook County, was 15.9 percent as of Nov. 14.
In addition, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday that due to the ongoing surge new cases, he was imposing further restrictions effective Friday, Nov. 20.
Those restrictions include limiting retail and big box stores to 25 percent of capacity and grocery stores to 50 percent capacity. Health and fitness centers can operate at 25 percent capacity, masks must be worn at all time regardless of spacing, locker room should be closed and indoor group classes are prohibited
Indoor recreation and performance centers, video gambling parlors, theaters and indoor museum spaces must close and outdoor group activities are limited to 10 people or fewer.
More information can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.