Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory
Local Event Updates & Cancellations:
UPDATE: May 19, 2020
Find helpful small business and local resources through DeKalb County UNITES
Coming together to help our neighbors is something we have always done. As we consider how best to help our neighbors in the midst of this rapidly changing and unprecedented public health challenge, DeKalb County UNITES is focused on one important part of our community: Small Businesses — Learn More: https://www.dekalbcountyunites.com
What Social Distancing looks like in DeKalb County…
DeKalb County Parks
Parks and Trails are still open! Please keep a safe distance from other people and note that the playgrounds are closed. Tennis courts, and golf courses open with restrictions.
Northern Illinois University
NIU administration in coordination with state and local health agencies are following the World Health Organization’s guidelines for mass gatherings and restricting public events in an effort to promote social distancing. With COVID-19 continuing to fuel uncertainties, NIU has postponed May commencement ceremonies to Friday, Aug. 7 for the graduate commencement ceremony and Saturday, Aug. 8 for the undergraduate commencement ceremony. Both ceremonies will take place in the NIU Convocation Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented circumstances making these actions prudent and necessary.
Resources to Assist Small Businesses Navigate Coronavirus
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has provided a form as a way for business owners to report anticipated impact of COVID-19 to their business: https://form.jotform.com/200717156003039.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, the SBA has provided the attached handout re: low interest disaster assistance loans. To view the U.S. Small Business Administration’s one-pager on the Disaster Loan Program including information on areas that are eligible for loans and more—please click here. To submit an application for a loan with SBA, go to https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.
Additional information to help small business owners navigate the financial difficulties of the pandemic is available via the U.S. Chamber’s interactive website.
DeKalb County Take-out/Delivery Dining Information
The Daily Chronicle (DeKalb) is providing real-time updates on food delivery and take-out options within DeKalb County as a result of Governor JB Pritzker’s mandate for all Illinois restaurants and bars to temporarily suspend dine-in operations. DeKalb County Online’s Facebook page has also published a list of DeKalb County restaurants providing food take-out and/or delivery options. Below are links to the Daily Chronicle’s and DeKalb County Online’s restaurant information.
NIU Art Museum
To support preventative care efforts on the NIU campus and within the local community, the NIU Art Museum galleries will remain closed to the public until further notice.
Stage Coach Players
At Stage Coach Players, the safety and well-being of our Patrons always gets top billing. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, Stage Coach Players have decided to cancel its upcoming production of Big Fish, previously scheduled to run from March 26 to April 5.
NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Event Status Update
As part of the NIU’s response to the rapid spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) world-wide, cancelations, postponements and modifications to scheduled arts events at NIU are being made. The university appreciates your interest and support and decisions are being made with the health and safety of our students, audiences, faculty and staff in mind.
Shabbona Lake State Park and Forest Preserves
Shabbona Lake State Park reopens May 1st. Forest Preserves in the area remain open. Playgrounds are still closed and social distancing is encouraged.
Kishwaukee Family YMCA
In an effort to reduce the community spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and upon the recommendation of local health agencies and the YMCA National Office, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA will close our facility effective Wednesday, March 18 with a tentative reopen date of Monday, April 6.
DeKalb County Public Libraries
The DeKalb Public Library will be closed from Saturday, March 14 – Sunday, March 29. At this time the library intends to re-open on Monday, March 30 at 9:00 a.m. Patrons with borrowed materials should retain them until March 30. No fines will be accrued while the library is closed.
The Cortland Public Library will be closed until March 30th.
The Genoa Public Library will remain open until a final decision can be made at their board meeting on Monday, March 16. All public events have been canceled.
The Malta Public Library will remain open but has canceled all public events.
The Sandwich Public Library will remain open but is limited to 20 people in the building at once. No public computers will be available.
The Sycamore Public Library will be closed from March 18 to March 30th.
DeKalb County History Center
After much discussion, the DeKalb County History Center is temporarily closed until further notice. Staff will still be working on the upcoming exhibit “History of DeKalb County in 100 Objects,” and the Joiner History Room will still be accepting research requests by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (815) 895-7271.
Additional information and status updates will be available at dekalbcountyhistory.org and social media channels.
In compliance with a directive from Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker for gatherings in Illinois larger than 250 are highly recommended to suspend until further notice, DeKalb’s Egyptian Theatre has POSTPONED or CANCELED upcoming events in support of the health and well-being of the theatregoing public, as well as those who work in the theatre industry as a cautionary measure to help combat the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
NIU Athletics Spring Sports
In concert with the Mid-American Conference and Northern Illinois University administration, effective immediately, NIU Athletics has CANCELED all spring sports and non-traditional season competition in 2020.
10th Annual Royal Children’s Ball
DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau’s Royal Children’s Ball scheduled for Friday, March 13 has been POSTPONED. The Royal Children’s Ball is now scheduled for SATURDAY MAY 16th from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. at Altgeld Hall on the NIU Campus. People who have purchased tickets will be able to use them for the new date. YSB has also reserved Saturday June 6th from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. at Altgeld Hall on the NIU Campus as a secondary postponement date.
The CDC recommends the following everyday preventative actions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The CDC has valuable information on the following:
- How Coronavirus Spreads
- Prevention and Treatment
- What To Do If You Are Sick
- Stigma Related to Coronavirus
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Travel Information
Watch the informative video “Get the facts on Coronavirus.”