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As the Village of Orland Park moves into another week of the governor’s stay-at-home order amid concerns regarding the coronavirus, Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau is trying to clear up confusion regarding the order, what it entails and how to continue to go about life while following recommendations.
The governor’s order specifically states the following.
• Leaving the home for essential activities is permitted. For purposes of this Executive Order, individuals may leave their resident only to perform any of the following essential activities.
a. For health and safety. To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as by way of example only without limitation, seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication or visiting a health care professional.
b. To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies they need to work from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences
c. For outdoor activity. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements, as defined as follows such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running or biking. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas. But playgrounds may increase the spread of COVID-19, and therefore shall be closed.
d. For certain types of work. To perform work providing essential products and services at essential businesses or operations, or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Executive Order, including minimum basic operations.
e. To take care of others. To care for a family member, friend or pet in another household, and to transport family members, friends, or pets as allowed by this Executive Order.
• Elderly people and those who are vulnerable as a result of illness should take additional precautions People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including elderly people and those who are sick, are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care.
The mayor advised against visiting older relatives in person. In the meantime, he urges residents of Orland Park to go for walks, but keep a 6-foot distance, take a bike ride and practice social distancing, go shopping but keep that space between fellow shoppers.
While the Village has made the decision to close many Village buildings and postpone programming for the safety of residents and staff, all essential services are still operating. Many Village services and information are available online.
To access information related to water billing, service requests, permit instructions and other frequently requested services that are functioning and active, visit orlandpark.org.
The Orland Park Police Department and Orland Fire Protection District are operating normally, and are prepared to respond to any call for service or situation that may develop.
Orland Park Police officers have been issued personal protective equipment which they will utilize when responding to calls from now till the end of the governor’s order on April 7.
The mayor and the Village’s Public Information Office have kept in contact with residents, providing updates and daily communication via the Village’s social media accounts, its YouTube channel and the Village website. Residents and businesses can find a plethora of facts, resources and timely updates on the Village website at orlandpark.org/coronavirusinfo.