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As LB Enters Phase 3, Village Leaders Urge Caution

The following is a letter to Lake Bluff residents by Village Board of Trustees President Kathy O'Hara


We began to shelter in place from the COVID-19 pandemic on March 21. For all of us, these two months must feel like a lifetime – even though they were the smallest fraction of our lives.

Our shared sacrifice has mattered. A recent analysis by ProPublica found that Illinois is just one of two states meeting all of the federal guidelines for safely reopening. Governor Pritzker said earlier this week that “we seem to have come off the peak.” This weekend will feel like a victory lap: Our local restaurants will be open again; stores and salons will begin to take customers; and, of course, the weather will be beautiful.

However, I must emphasize this: While we are safer than we were on March 21, we are not safe. Even though some features of normal life start again today, we cannot yet return to normal. Winning against COVID-19 remains a marathon, not a sprint. Please, for your own safety and our shared safety, continue to:

•   Wear a face covering as much as possible while in public.

•   Remain six feet distant from others, even friends. Continue to refrain from handshakes, hugs, and other contact.

•   Limit social gatherings. Restore Illinois limits gatherings to ten people. A weekend filled with a series of ten person gatherings, while technically lawful, will still promote the spread of the virus in our community faster than we can contain it.

•   Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and train yourself not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.

I am sure you still have many questions about how the coming months will look. I and other local leaders will be hosting a community forum Tuesday night at 7 p.m. More details are included below. If you have questions, you can send them to LFLBCommunityForum@gmail.com before noon Monday.