CITY OF EFFINGHAM – COVID-19: PRESS RELEASE
In light of the recent activity throughout the State of Illinois relative to the Governor's stay at home order, the City of Effingham would like to clarify its position regarding this matter.
The City of Effingham is a non-home rule community, and as such is authorized to take only such actions as are specifically authorized by the State of Illinois. The State of Illinois, through the Governor and State General Assembly, has not authorized the City to make decisions or determinations regarding the opening of businesses. However, the City shares the same concerns as recently discussed within the news media, and it desires for businesses to reopen under a safe plan. The City relies on the expertise of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other reputable organizations including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to keep its citizens safe during the reopening.
In addition, the City of Effingham is a member of the Illinois Municipal League (IML). The IML submitted a letter to the Governor with two suggestions for modifying the plan. The first suggestion involves utilizing the original eleven (11) regions of the Emergency Medical Services map to determine regional qualification for reopening, instead of four (4) combined regions. The second suggestion involves a revision to the 28-day timeline for stability or a decrease in hospital admissions, reducing that timeline from 28 days to 14 days. The City is respectfully supportive of the IML request.
The City of Effingham is doing everything within its power to assist and help our businesses by processing grants, allowing parking spaces for curb side pick-up, looking at new liquor modifications, limiting open burning, promoting restaurant options on the City's Facebook page and other social media outlets, and supporting efforts with unemployment assistance. Also, it is looking at existing ordinances that can be modified to support our local economy during the following phases of the plan.
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CITY OF EFFINGHAM STATUS
The latest information on City of Effingham services, facilities, programs, businesses and meetings is provided below.
All Inquiries about the COVID-19 virus to Kim Tegeler, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Effingham. Please phone 217-342-5368 or email Ktegeler@effinghamil.com.
All public services within the City of Effingham remain fully operational. Staff in these areas are taking steps recommended by public health experts to keep things clean and prevent the spread of virus.
If you need to do business with the city, chances are you can do it online. Please reference our additional resources section below, or click on contact us for assistance.
City Hall, - open to the public. We still encourage the use of our online services available here on our website.
Effingham Police Station - open to the public.
Fire Station 1 and Fire Station 2 - open to the public.
Effingham Tourism Department - open to the public . All information is located at www.visiteffinghamil.com
Cemetery- open to the public.
Bliss Park playground area and services are closed to the public
The Effingham Tourism Office plans to continue to share information to inspire future travel and to aid visitors in planning their visit and/or rescheduling their stay in Effingham. Additionally, we will be sharing important updates regarding openings, closings and cancellations of all programs and events. It is our goal to encourage exciting experiences in Effingham, and to do that safely.
Below, is a link to our Calendar of Events, along with a few additional resources we would recommend utilizing. If you have an event or program update, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will update our calendar accordingly. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email us or call us at 217.342.5310. Thank you for your patience, in the meantime.
Information for local businesses and consumers.
A Special City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 24th, at 5 p.m.
The City Council will determine plans for future meetings after that.
We encourage the public to view the meeting remotely. All City Council meetings are streamed online at Effingham Live
Public comment regarding items on the March 24th agenda can be submitted electronically.
What can I do?
FEMA's Posting for Individual and Community Preparedness
Break the Germ Cycle
You play an important role in the stopping the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Stay Calm
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- The Best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
- Avoid Close Contact
- Social Distancing (6 feet between one another)
- Wash your hands often
- use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.
- if you feel sick do not go to the Emergency Room, contact your healthcare provider.
Remember we still have seasonal flu and allergy season is about to begin.
There is no need for anybody to hoard essential supplies.
Early information about COVID-19 suggests that older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and weakened immune systems (such as cancer patients and organ transplant recipients) are at higher risk for severe illness and should take extra precautions.
Access city resources online or via telephone
City of Effingham Services Available Online
Water Bill Payment
Renter’s Water Deposit Payment
New Water Service Application
Sewer Credit for Pool Application
Regarding all water disconnects, sprinkler activation & deactivation, and general Utility Billing questions, please email email@example.com
For downloadable forms and applications regarding the Amusement Tax, Building Official’s Office, Business Registry, Employment, Engineering Department, Enterprise Zone, FOIA, Hotel/Motel Tax, Liquor License, Pick It Up Effingham!, Police Department, and Speaker’s Cards see the link below.