The Daley-Thompson Service Office continues to take measures to protect our constituents and employees. We were grateful to be able to distribute a large number of free masks at a Ward-wide event this past week. We continue to follow City and State guidelines amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but realize that as the nation as a whole prepares to gradually re-open, it is ultimately up to us, as individuals, to do our part to keep not only ourselves, but our extended community members safe. This is not a time to be anything less than vigilant in safety protocols.
On May 5th, 2020, our Governor, J.B. Pritzker, released a health-based report titled Restore Illinois, outlining a public approach for the systemic re-opening of the State of Illinois. The report stated, at that time, that no region within the State was ready to reopen. This plan was created to not only save lives, but also our livelihoods. A five point plan (based on research and science) is now in the process of being executed. The following will be the guiding principles in the gradual reopening of our State: Rapid Spread, Flattening, Recovery, Revitalization and Illinois Restored. For the full report with specifics on the reopening phases, including details on each of the steps, please click here.
Working with the Governor, Mayor Lightfoot issued the Protecting Chicago framework which also lays out a five-phase plan for reopening Chicago. The Protecting Chicago framework phases include: Strict Stay-at-Home, Stay-at-Home, Cautiously Reopen, Gradually Resume, and Protect. Chicago has already transitioned from the first phase to the second phase. Gradual graduation from each phase of reopening will be a comprehensive effort, under the advisement of public health experts, industry working groups and the public. Complete details on the framework can be found at www.chicago.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also provide feedback, via a short survey, on the framework on this site.
Continuing to adhere to State and City rules regarding COVID-19 (social distancing, masking in public, washing hands, etc.) is still the best way for all of us to do our part to safely re-open. Individuals must bear the personal responsibility to keep Chicago safe, enabling a successful reopening. Data has shown that in maintaining safety protocols, our efforts have successfully flattened the curve and reduced spread of the virus. Our fight is far from over. Together we will do everything possible to limit the spread of COVID-19