Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Yesterday, IRMA distributed to various senior staffers of the four caucuses information related to stores that sell grocery items as well as restaurants. We are now sharing this information directly with you in the hopes you will use it to help educate the public.

Since the emergence of this pandemic, IRMA has coordinated closely with the Pritzker Administration, the Lightfoot Administration, and the Illinois Municipal League to remove regulatory obstacles in the supply chain. Those obstacles were:

  1. Temporarily increasing the weight limit on trucks to 88,000 lbs. from the normal 80,000 lbs. (for 5 trucks with 5 axles). Trucks with fewer axles can now carry 10% more weight than usually allowed. 
  2. Temporarily lifting the restriction on how long truck drivers can be on-duty. However, truck drivers still control how long they believe they can safely work.
  3. Temporarily suspending municipal ordinances restricting when deliveries can be made to stores.

Those obstacles have all been removed. The only action that is now needed is for consumers to return to normal shopping patterns. To that end, we are asking for your assistance.

As it relates to grocery shopping and the benefits of maintaining their normal shopping patterns, please find attached an easy to share info-graph with appropriate messaging. It is IRMA’s hope you will utilize your communication channels to share this information with the public as you deem appropriate. If you need fuller talking points for any reason, as it relates to grocery shopping, please find those below.

As it relates to restaurants, there is SUBSTANTIAL confusion by local health departments as to what is allowed or not allowed when it comes to restaurants. While IDPH is working to correct the misinformation, please use the attached restaurant info-graph which provides an easy-to-understand explanation as to how restaurants can continue to meet the food needs of consumers in Illinois. Again, this would be helpful for consumers to know to help reassure them their food needs are not in any danger. The Governor’s Executive Order on restaurants is here

Please feel free to utilize this information through all channels available to you and do not hesitate to contact IRMA if we can answer questions or be of assistance. Thank you in advance for the consideration we know you will give this request. 

ROB KARR | President & CEO




The Village of Rosemont follows and practices the prevention strategies set forth by the CDC and EPA and adheres to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s emerging pathogen policy regarding cleaning disinfectants. The Village has responded to this event by undertaking the following:

Increased sanitation practices:

The Village of Rosemont has increased the sanitation practices at its Village owned venues by:

Increasing the frequency of its sanitation and disinfectant practices, particularly in high traffic and high touch areas inlcuding hand rails, washrooms, doors and door knobs.

Increasing the strength of the disinfecting solution used.

Increasing training and personnel to identify and prevent COVID-19.

Providing notices for individuals regarding the use of recommended personal hygiene practices

Hand washing recommendations:

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines suggest hand washing often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


The Rosemont Public Safety Department, Paramedics/ EMT, Event Staff and Security Personnel have been educated and trained in identifying and recognizing the signs, symptoms, and prevention of COVID-19.

Monitoring: the Village of Rosemont will continue to remain in close contact with local and federal authorities/agencies for the latest updates and recommendations as they become available.


We have included several links and resources that include relevant and current information:


City’s Department of Public Health:




Du Page:





Will:  Refers people to Illinois Department of Public Health website (see below)



Illinois Department of Public Health:


Center for Disease Control:   


World Health Organization:

Helpful resources

·       The Village of Rosemont,

·       The City of Chicago shares local updates, travel alerts and tips to help minimize risk.




COVID-19 is the evolving respiratory illness originally identified in Wuhan, China and is now been detected in multiple countries around the world, including the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide updates on this rapidly evolving situation as soon as it becomes available. For the most current information, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 webpage ( ).

As of February 29, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control gave the following risk assessment:

  • For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The symptoms that have been reported range from mild to severe. These include:

·      Fever

·      Cough

·      Shortness of breath


More severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

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