Recovery Task Force
The City of Evanston's biggest priority is to protect the health and safety of the residents and staff.
The City of Evanston is working to develop a plan to get the city back to a new normal of work and recreation. While Evanston’s plan will conform to guidelines provided by the CDC, FEMA, and the State of Illinois, it will address Evanston-specific operations, services, and community concerns. Through the Mayor’s Task Force, City staff and community leaders are working together to determine the best way to get our faith organizations, nonprofits, and businesses to manage in this challenging time and eventually get back to regular business. The difficult truth is that our community will be living with COVID-19 until there is an effective vaccine for the virus or another way of developing herd immunity. That means that some services and businesses are going to be operating while COVID-19 remains active in our environment. We all need to carefully work together to protect our most vulnerable residents and to ensure that we do not create a surge that will send us back to shelter-in-place.
On May 5, 2020, the State of Illinois released a statewide plan called Restore Illinois. The Restore Illinois Plan describes a five-phase opening strategy. In addition to describing potential restrictions at each of the phases, it also includes information on what conditions need to occur in order to move forward to the next phase of reopening. The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting on the metrics to provide information. The plan divides the state into 11 Emergency Medical Service (EMS) regions in order to potentially allow for different areas of the state to proceed through the phased reopening at different rates. Evanston is located in EMS Region 10.
Evanston is awaiting guidance from IDPH to make final decisions related to summer camp operations. As of now, the earliest that summer camps will be held will be on July 6, subject to moving to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan. Camps scheduled for earlier than July 6 will be cancelled or rescheduled. City staff will be reaching out to individual registrants with more information as it becomes available.
Evanston is awaiting guidance from IDPH to make final decisions related to beach operations. As of now, the earliest that beaches will be open is on July 6, subject to moving to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan. Because of safety issues related to shoreline erosion, Greenwood Beach will be closed for the entire season.
Motorized watercraft: the Church Street Harbor will be open for launching motorized watercraft beginning on May 22.
Non-motorized watercraft: the Dempster Street Launch Facility will be open for permit holders beginning June 1, with restrictions in place to promote the health and safety of users and staff. As of now, the facility will only be available to season launch pass holders; daily permits will not be available.
Special events have been cancelled through June 15. This may be extended subject to speed that the region moves to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan.
The Evanston 4th of July Association has cancelled the annual 4th of July parade and fireworks. Please see their website for more updates regarding their event schedule.