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October 30, 2020

Village sealVillage Council Regular Virtual Meeting: Thursday, November 5, 2020

Agenda Highlights:
  • 2021 Budget Presentations and Discussion
Read more, including Zoom participation instructions and information on submitting a public comment for the meeting, in our Agenda Center
Village of Winnetka Statement on the Governor’s Order Suspending Indoor Dining in Suburban Cook County
The Village Council values and supports our local businesses, as well as the health and safety of our residents. We urge and trust our residents and merchants to use best judgments and to stay vigilant in your efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 through scientifically proven methods: mask-wearing, social distancing, and washing hands regularly. Please continue to support our local restaurants offering a wide variety of carry out and delivery options. A list of local restaurants can be found here.

Enforcement of the Governor’s latest Executive Order 2020-63 issued on October 27, 2020 suspending indoor dining in suburban Cook County rests solely with State Agencies. The Village of Winnetka does not have the resources to support such enforcement and will not actively enforce these restrictions on the businesses within our community.

Governor Pritzker Suspends Indoor Dining in Suburban Cook County 
Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced the suspension of all indoor dining service at restaurants and bars starting Wednesday, October 28, as part of the State's enhanced mitigation efforts aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Region 10 (Suburban Cook County). 

Restaurants are to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • No indoor dining or bar service 
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11 PM
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting 
  • Reservations are required for each party: no walk-ups are allowed
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table 

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings: 

  • Limit to whichever is less: 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity 

Restaurants will remain open to continue to offer outdoor dining, pick-up, carry-out and delivery services. All patrons and employees should continue to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings in public and in places of business. 

Suburban Cook County will return to Phase 4 mitigations if: 

  • The positivity rate in Region 10 averages less than or equal to 6.5% over a three-day period,
  • There is a decrease in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness over a three-day period, and
  • The three-day rolling averages of ICU bed availability and medical/surgical bed availability is greater than or equal to 20% over a seven-day period.

Conversely, if the average positivity rate and hospital admissions for COVID-19 continue to increase over seven out of 10 days, more stringent mitigations can be applied. If the metrics remain stable, the region will continue to be monitored.

The Village of Winnetka will provide more information to business owners and residents as it becomes available. Visit the State's website for more information about this announcement. Visit the Village's website for industry-specific resources and signage.

Trick or treaters with masks on Safe Halloween Trick-or-Treating at the Winnetka Farmers' Market on October 31  
Halloween is coming to the Winnetka Farmers' Market! Join us for a SpOOKtacular Socially-Distanced TRICK or TREAT Celebration on Saturday, October 31 from 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Kids, adults and pets can wear costumes, and don't forget your masks! The Farmers' Market continues to follow all State and County's health guidelines to keep the market safe for all visitors and vendors. Hosted by the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Village of Winnetka. 
Jack o lantern
Halloween Trick-or-Treat Guidelines

Recommended trick-or-treating hours for the Village of Winnetka are 2 PM – 6 PM on Saturday, October 31. View safety and COVID-19-specific holiday guidelines on our website.
Don't Miss These Hot Deals at Local Businesses!Distinctly Winnetka is a text loyalty program started in Winnetka in September 2020
Don't miss out on the hot deals, promotions and events going on at Winnetka businesses! Find out how to get a 50% off ice cream at Adelheidi's, a free manicure at Allure Nails & Spray Tan, or win a massage from Massage Winnetka!

Sign up for the "Distinctly Winnetka" text loyalty program to stay in-the-know!
Pumpkin Composting Event November 4
The Village of Winnetka is hosting its annual one-day pumpkin collection/composting event on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. A drop-off location will be provided at the Village Yards Facility at 1390 Willow Road from 9 AM to 1 PM on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Please remove any solid waste (candles, bags, etc.). Collection of garbage, food scraps or other landscape waste will not be accepted.
Leaf Collection Underway

The Village’s annual curbside leaf collection program will run until November 30, 2020. Residents may rake their leaves to the parkway just inside the edge of the curb for collection by the Village. Please do not rake leaves into the street and inform any landscapers that leaves should be piled on the parkway. Please do not place pumpkins or debris other than leaves for collection, as it will damage the leaf collecting equipment (pumpkin collection will be November 4). The Village is maintaining a map of where leaf collection will be occurring 2 business days ahead of time, weather permitting.
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