Naperville Residents Urged to Comply with State Directive to Stay at Home
Executive orders at the city level ease local regulations to assist with COVID-19 response
(3/31/2020 UPDATE: Governor Pritzker today announced the extension of the stay-at-home order through April 30, 2020. )
The City of Naperville is encouraging all residents to comply with the Governor’s order for residents to stay at home in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Illinois. The order to stay at home goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 and extends through April 7.
The directive instructs all Illinois residents to remain in their homes while officials combat the prolific spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Residents are still permitted to leave their homes to go to grocery stores, gas stations, medical appointments and pharmacies. They are also able to continue to pick up food from restaurants and be outdoors, though residents are encouraged to continue practicing social distancing. Read the full directive online.
“This may seem to some like a drastic measure, but after witnessing the effects of this virus in communities across the globe, I believe it is absolutely necessary to safeguard the health of our residents,” said Mayor Steve Chirico. “I ask every single person in Naperville to heed the advice of the directive and stay home. The health and well-being of our families and neighbors depend on it.”
Core city services will not be impacted by this directive, but City leaders are evaluating service levels against the Governor’s order and have also canceled the special City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23. City officials will also continue to look for ways to provide financial relief to residents and businesses. One such act already determined will be to waive late fees for delinquent monthly food and beverage tax receipts, as well as waiving any late payment interest penalties for that tax. Additional efforts will be announced as they are executed.
“There’s no question that this is a tough time for many of our residents and businesses, but City leaders are diligently planning for future scenarios and preparing for anything that could come our way in regard to COVID-19 response,” said Mayor Chirico.
Mayor Chirico also cautions residents against stockpiling food, gasoline and other commodities, as the directive allows residents to leave their homes to purchase supplies as needed. To ensure Naperville’s stores and medical offices can continue to receive the deliveries they need throughout the COVID-19 response, the Mayor signed an executive order on Thursday, March 19, amending the City’s Municipal Code to allow deliveries 24 hours a day.
“While we’re encouraging residents to only buy what they need, we are aware that stores continue to sell out of certain items,” said Mayor Chirico. “Our current ordinance prohibiting deliveries between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. is not conducive to restocking our stores with necessary items, so I’ve elected to suspend that prohibition until a later date.”
Once a local state of emergency has been declared, the Mayor is authorized, through executive order, to relax City ordinances to deal with emerging issues resulting from the crisis. The executive order extending delivery times was the second issued by Mayor Chirico. A third was signed on March 20 to allow current holders of certain liquor licenses to engage in packaged sale of beer and wine.
“Our restaurant industry has been hit hard by the Governor’s executive order suspending dine-in restaurant operations, and we want to do what we can to help them through this time,” said Mayor Chirico. “I’m hopeful that this executive order will provide some flexibility and additional income for this struggling industry.”
All executive orders issued by Mayor Chirico under the current declaration of local emergency will be posted to the City’s COVID-19 webpage at www.naperville.il.us/coronavirus-resources, where residents can also find updated information about the City’s COVID-19 response and modifications to city services.
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.