Many businesses are reopening under Illinois’ Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan on May 29 and the City of Belleville has approved a special plan to assist restaurants and bars to safely serve customers.
The Belleville City Council today approved Resolution 3386-2020, a Resolution Implementing Local Measures Related to the Restore Illinois Phase 3 Guidelines for Reopening Business and Returning People to Work Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Stipulated in the resolution includes temporarily closing three streets in downtown Belleville to accommodate social distance practices for diners and bargoers. Street closures include S. High St. from Main St. to Washington Ave., S. Jackson St. for a portion of the block between Main St. and Washington Ave., and N. Church St. for a portion of the block from Main St. to the alleyway. These streets will be closed for 90 days under the current resolution.
“We’re very excited to be able to support our local businesses by expanding the dining areas so that these establishments can abide by the required guidelines set by the state,” said Mayor Mark Eckert. “We encourage our residents to support Belleville and to buy Belleville first, and whether that means by getting out and about some this weekend or still getting carry-out, we appreciate the support of our local businesses. Of course, we all still need to regularly wash our hands, maintain six feet of distance and make good choices when it comes to our personal health and safety.”
As Illinois enters Phase 3 of the plan, manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops, and salons can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions. Gatherings of 10 people or fewer are allowed, social distancing practices are expected, and face coverings are required when social distancing practices cannot be maintained.
Three city offices will reopen to the public on Monday, June 1, including City Hall, 101 S. Illinois St., the Public Services Building, 407 E. Lincoln St., Parks & Recreation, 510 W. Main St., and General and Community Assistance, 512 W. Main St.
The Belleville Public Library is still closed, and all Parks and Recreation programming is still suspended until further notice.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has released Phase 3 guidelines for reopening businesses and returning people to work safely which can be found at https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/RestoreILP3.aspx.