Mayor Declares Local State of Emergency to Increase City Responsiveness to COVID-19
City buildings will be closed to the public beginning March 18; Delivery of city services will continue
Mayor Steve Chirico today declared a local state of emergency in the City of Naperville as the community responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The declaration gives City leaders increased ability to deal with emerging issues, such as allowing grocery deliveries outside of standard times, waiving electric and water cut offs, and extending liquor license renewals. The declaration also allows the City the ability to apply for federal reimbursement for certain expenditures related to the disaster if money becomes available in the future. The Naperville City Council also unanimously passed an ordinance extending the declaration until April 21, 2020.
“The declaration of a local emergency is a procedural tool many communities are using to aid in the response to the COVID-19 outbreak and related closures,” Chirico said. “I acknowledge that the events of the past few weeks have been disconcerting to many, but I urge Naperville citizens to remain calm and follow the advice of health experts. The City has plans in place to ensure that we can continue delivering critical city services, and I am confident that we will get through this situation together and come out stronger as a community in the end.”
Read the full declaration online.
In addition, Mayor Chirico announced the closure of all city buildings to the public, effective Wednesday, March 18, until Monday, March 30. During the closure, City operations will continue with a modified staffing structure, including some employees working from home. First responders with the Naperville Police and Fire Departments will continue to provide emergency services to the City of Naperville and remain ready to respond to any call for service or situation that may develop.
Other city business can still be conducted online, through email or phone calls. The public can use the City’s online help center at https://napervilleil.mycusthelp.com/ or call (630) 420-6111 to be forwarded to the appropriate department.
Residents are encouraged to visit www.naperville.il.us/coronavirus-resources to stay up to date on any modifications to city services and the City’s COVID-19 response.
“I am extremely heartened by the acts of thoughtfulness and compassion I’m seeing around town and reading about online, and I encourage our residents to continue taking care of each other during these uncertain times,” Chirico said. “It’s times like this that truly test the character of a community, and I have no doubt that Naperville will rise to the occasion.”
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.