Village of Fisher Information on COVID-19 Pandemic
June 26th, 2020 @ 8:20am
Updated June 26, 2020 at 12:00pm
As of today, the State of Illinois has advanced to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. This morning, Village employees reopened the playground areas in all parks as well as the basketball court in Mathias Park. The public restrooms and drinking fountains at the Community Center will continue to remain closed for the time being, as the Village does not have staff available to clean and sanitize the restrooms as frequently as required under current public health guidelines. Those using the playground equipment and other park facilities are encouraged to follow all Phase 4 guidelines for physical spacing and should refrain from gathering in large groups. Parents are also encouraged to have hand sanitizer available for their children after using any playground equipment, as Village staff will not be responsible for regularly cleaning and sanitizing the playground areas.
Updated June 15, 2020 at 8:15am
The Village Board has considered requests from members of the community to reopen the playgrounds at Lammle Park and Mathias Park. Based upon the advice of legal counsel and guidance from the Village's property and liability insurance carrier, the decision was made to keep the playground areas closed for the duration of Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. At this point, it appears likely that the Central Illinois region will be allowed to advance to Phase 4 on or around June 26, at which time the playgrounds will be allowed to reopen with certain requirements for cleaning and sanitization.
Updated May 29, 2020 at 7:30am
The Village of Fisher's region has moved into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, which will relax some of the restrictions previously implemented in order to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Among the new protocols are the following:
- Village offices will open to the public during regular business hours (Monday-Friday from 8:00am to noon) and by appointment. Those who can conduct village business by phone or email are encouraged to continue to do so.
- The tennis court at Carol Mathias Park will no longer be limited to only singles matches; however, users are expected to continue to maintain proper 6-ft physical spacing and no more than 10 people will be permitted inside the court area at any given time.
- Access to playground equipment, restrooms and drinking fountains in the park areas will remain restricted for the time being.
- Restaurants and bars will be permitted to reopen for outdoor dining/service only with additional safety measures implemented.
- Everyone is reminded to continue to observe CDC recommendations with respect to physical spacing and face coverings in public spaces.
Updated April 24, 2020 at 8:00am
The "Stay at Home" Order for the State of Illinois has been extended once again through May 29, 2020. All public safety measures previously implemented by the Village of Fisher will remain in place through the duration of the extended order. In addition to restricted operations for certain businesses and physical distancing requirements, Illinoisans will now be required to wear protective face masks while in indoor public spaces where there is limited ability to maintain physical distance.
Updated April 1, 2020 at 9:00am
Gov. Pritzker has extended the "stay at home" order for the State of Illinois through April 30, 2020. During this period, the Village will continue its public safety measures. Access to Village buildings will remain limited to Village employees and officials; Village staff will continue to be available to assist residents by phone or email and can meet in person by appointment. Public park areas will remain open, but those using the parks are expected to comply with CDC guidelines for physical spacing and are prohibited from using playground equipment. Area Disposal will continue weekly household trash collection as scheduled; however, bulk item pickup has been temporarily discontinued in order to protect the health and safety of company personnel.
The Village strongly advises all residents to continue to comply with the Executive Order by avoiding all non-essential travel and social gatherings during the month of April. For more information about the ongoing pandemic and state/local public health efforts, please visit the helpful sites below:
Resources for small businesses:
Updated March 23, 2020 at 10:15am
Governor Pritzker has issued a "stay at home" order for all Illinoisans, effective from 5:00pm on March 21, 2020 through April 7, 2020. In accordance with this order, all non-essential business and travel is required to be suspended during this period. The Village of Fisher will be continuing the precautionary measures implemented last week, including closing Village buildings and offices to walk-in traffic. New measures will also now be implemented in order to comply with the Executive Order, including prohibiting the use of playground equipment in Village parks and cancelling all events scheduled for the community center through April 7.
Public Statement from Mayor Bayler on Stay at Home Order - March 20, 2020
Updated March 19, 2020 at 9:10am
The Village of Fisher is implementing precautionary measures to help limit the potential spread of the virus among our community, including limiting public access to the offices in the Community Center and Department of Public Works facilities. As additional information becomes available, it will be posted here.
Public Statement on COVID-19 from Mayor Bayler - March 17, 2020
State of Illinois COVID-19 Resource Page - all the latest news, prevention and preparation tips, resources and FAQs from the Illinois Department of Public Health