CITY’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

This page will be updated with the latest information about the City of Champaign's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We encourage residents and visitors to check this page for updates, and to consult with our local government partners including the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District at c-uphd.org.

LATEST UPDATES



May 22, 2020 – Champaign Developing Outdoor Dining Options in Support of Local Restaurants

May 20, 2020 – Cities of Champaign and Urbana Extend Suspension of Special Event Permits

May 20, 2020 – City of Champaign Announces Virtual Bidding Process

May 19, 2020 – City of Champaign Resumes Additional Code Compliance Inspections

May 15, 2020 – City of Champaign Announces Changes for May 19, 2020 City Council Meeting

May 11, 2020 – City of Champaign Issues Emergency Order 20-11, Amendment 1

May 8, 2020 – City of Champaign Remains Proactive in Addressing Budget Challenges

May 8, 2020 – City of Champaign Announces Changes for May 12, 2020 City Council Study Session Meeting

May 1, 2020 – City of Champaign Announces Changes for May 5, 2020 City of Champaign Township and City Council Meeting

April 22, 2020 – City of Champaign Extends Due Dates, Waives Late Fees to Provide Relief to Local Businesses

April 17, 2020 – City of Champaign Announces Changes for April 21 City Council Meeting

April 14, 2020 – Keeping Construction Workers and City Inspectors Safe during COVID-19

April 10, 2020 – City of Champaign Township Announces Cancellation of the Annual Town Meeting

April 9, 2020 – First COVID-19 Death Reported in City of Champaign

April 3, 2020 – City of Champaign Announces Changes for April 7 City Council Meeting, Board and Commission Meetings 

April 2, 2020 – City of Champaign Police Officer Tests Positive for COVID-19

March 31, 2020 – City of Champaign Temporarily Suspends Spring Yard Waste Collection

March 25, 2020 – City of Champaign Extends Expiration Dates for Certain City-Issued Licenses

March 24, 2020 – City of Champaign Announces Additional Service Alterations

March 24, 2020 – City Manager Action 1 – Board of Fire and Police Commissioners Approvals

March 24, 2020 – City Issues Emergency Order 20-07 CM – Human Resources Pay Practices

March 20, 2020 – Mayor Issues Order to Cancel March Board of Fire and Police Commissioners Meeting

March 19, 2020 – City of Champaign City Council Meeting Cancellation for March 24, 2020

March 18, 2020 – City of Champaign Announces Additional Suspensions to Services

March 17, 2020 – City of Champaign Institutes Temporary Ambulance Ordinance Amendments

March 17, 2020 – City of Champaign Temporarily Suspends Issuing Certain Licenses and Extends Payment Due Dates

March 17, 2020 – City of Champaign Announces Curbside Pickup Zones and Packaged Alcohol Delivery

March 14, 2020 – City of Champaign Addresses Concerns Regarding COVID-19 Emergency Order

March 13, 2020 – From WDWS – Champaign City Manager Dorothy David talks with Scott Beatty about the emergency order voted on by the city council Friday.

March 13, 2020 – A Message Clarifying the Intent of the March 12, 2020 Emergency Order

March 13, 2020 – City of Champaign Temporarily Limits Public Access to City Facilities

March 12, 2020 – Ordinance Related to the Emergency Created by the Impact of the COVID-19 Virus

March 12, 2020 – City Council to Hold March 13, 2020 Special Emergency Meeting

March 12, 2020 – Mayor Feinen Declares Local Emergency Related to the COVID-19 Virus

March 12, 2020 – Champaign, Urbana, and Champaign County Leaders Issue COVID-19 Statement

March 11, 2020 – March 11, 2020 Community Coalition Meeting Canceled


March 17, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-01 – Ambulances

March 17, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-02 – Delivery and Package Sale of Alcoholic Liquor

March 24, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-03 – City Manager Action 1 – Board of Fire & Police Commissioners Approvals

March 17, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-04 – Curbside Pickup Zones

March 20, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-05 CM – Human Resources Leave Policy

March 27, 2020 – Amendment 1 to Emergency Order 20-05 CM – Human Resources Leave Policy

March 18, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-06 CM – City Parking Meters and Parking Lots

April 30, 2020 – Amendment 1 to Emergency order 20-06 – City Parking Meters and Parking Lots

March 23, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-07 CM – Human Resources Pay Practices

March 27, 2020 – Amendment 1 to Emergency Order 20-07 CM – Human Resources Pay Practices

March 21, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-08 – Extension of the April 30, 2020 Expiration Dates and Payment Due Dates for Certain Business Licenses

March 25, 2020 – City Manager Action 2 – Emergency Purchase of Property/Casualty/Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Claims Administration and Loss Control Services

March 31, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-09 – Amendment of Council Policy for Yard Waste Collection

April 2, 2020 – Emergency order 20-10 – Change in Manner of City Council Attendance at Meetings and Method for Public Participation; Board and Commission Meetings

April 3, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-11 – Meetings of Boards & Commissions

May 8, 2020 – Amendment 1 to Emergency Order 20-11 – Meetings of Boards & Commissions

April 8, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-12 – Change in Manner of City Council Attendance at Meetings and Method for Public Participation; Board and Commission Meetings (As Revised and Extended)

April 15, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-13 CM – Human Resources Pay Practices

April 21, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-14 CM – Extension of Time to Pay Certain Self-Reported Taxes and Multifamily Recycling Fee

April 29, 2020 – City Manager Action 3 – Board of Fire & Police Commissioners Approvals 

April 30, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-15 – Raffles, Door to Door Solicitations, Carnivals, and Places of Public Amusement; Suspension and Non-Issuance of Licenses and Permits

May 6, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-16 –  Liens And Costs For Abatement Of Public Nuisances

May 20, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-17 – Special Events

May 27, 2020 – Emergency Order 20-18 – Outdoor Dining


OngoingVideo Messages from the Champaign County Joint Information Center.  New video updates posted weekly.

May 21, 2020 – Launch of Champaign County Safe Website – Resources and information for businesses progressing through the state’s Restore Illinois plan.

May 4, 2020 – C-UPHD’s Administrator and the Mayors of Champaign, Urbana & Rantoul talk about the importance of wearing a mask or cloth face covering when you have to leave your home

May 1, 2020 – Kris Koester talks with Dr. Elise Wessol about addiction management and available resources during this time

April 30, 2020 – Joint Information Center Weekly News Briefing

April 28, 2020 – Pat Wade talks with Dr. Nigel Goldenfeld & Sergei Maslov from UIUC’s Grainger College of Engineering. Both Nigel & Serge are members of Governor Pritzker’s modeling team.

April 27, 2020 – Updates on WCIA’s Mask Drive and mask wearing in public

April 24, 2020 – Champaign and Urbana Mayors along with CUPHD’s Administrator tell us why wearing a mask or cloth face covering when we are out in public is so important right now

April 23, 2020 – Joint Information Center Weekly News Briefing

April 22, 2020 – Brian Brauer explains the Champaign County Emergency Operations Center structure & who staffs it.

April 21, 2020 – Pat Wade talks with Dr. Bill Pierce of Christie Clinic and Dr. Ben Davis from Carle about how and when people should seek essential medical care that is not COVID-19 related

April 20, 2020 – Kris Koester, Beverley Baker of United Way & Jeff Scott of the Stephens Family YMCA talk about the CU Better Together collaboration to provide food resources to families

April 17, 2020 – Kris Koester & Beverly Baker of United Way to talk about 2-1-1

April 16, 2020 – Joint Information Center Weekly News Briefing

April 15, 2020 – Kris Koester chats with Dr. Tara Powell about mental health and self-care

April 14, 2020 – Julie Pryde, Dr. John Kreckman & Dr. Robert Healy talk about COVID-19 testing Champaign County

April 13, 2020 – Julie Pryde & Sheriff Heuerman sit down with Pat Wade

April 10, 2020 – Local faith leaders have a message for their congregations

April 9, 2020 – Video Message: Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz and CUPHD’s Environmental Health Director Jim Roberts sit down with Pat Wade of the Joint Information Center to talk about essential vs. non-essential businesses

April 7, 2020 – Video Message: A joint message from the Champaign County Emergency Operations Center

April 6, 2020 – Video Message: Champaign County reports our first death related to COVID-19

April 2, 2020 – Video Message: Update from the Champaign County Joint Information Center

March 31, 2020 – Video Message: Update from the Champaign County Joint Information Center

March 22, 2020 – State of Illinois – FAQs about Essential Businesses and Operations

March 21, 2020 – Champaign-Urbana Public Health District – COVID-19 Press Release – Champaign County Has Confirmed Two Additional Coronavirus Cases

March 20, 2020 Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Flier on State’s Stay-At-Home-Order

March 20, 2020State of Illinois – Stay at Home FAQs

March 20, 2020Executive Order from Governor Pritzker – Stay At Home, Social Distancing Requirements, Essential Businesses and Operations

March 16, 2020 – Executive Order from Governor Pritzker in Response to COVID-19 – Restaurants and Public Gatherings

March 15, 2020 – Champaign-Urbana Public Health District – COVID-19 Press Release – Champaign County Has First Confirmed Coronavirus Case


LINKS TO RELIABLE INFORMATION ON COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


BUSINESS INFORMATION & RESOURCES


The City has issued Emergency Order 20-18 to allow for outdoor dining in Champaign.  Please review the Emergency Order and the Reopening Champaign Plan for details.
Emergency Order 20-18
Reopening Champaign Plan


The Governor’s Executive Order 20-10 differentiates between essential businesses which continue to operate and non-essential businesses which are required to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations. Executive Order  20-10 defines what those essential businesses are.  Learn more on the State of Illinois’ Department of Commerce website.

Visit Champaign County is maintaining a current list of business updates, including information on who is open or closed.  Click here to see list.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has developed a FAQ to provide guidance regarding the face covering requirements of the Governor’s Executive Orders for businesses and other places of public accommodation.  Read the FAQ.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


COVID-19


To learn more about this disease, such as concerns regarding travel, what to do if you suspect you’ve been infected, as well as ways to keep your family safe, always turn to a reputable source of information. Locally a trusted resource is Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. A statewide resource is the Illinois Department of Public Health. A nationwide resource is Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
Illinois Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Please check with C U Public Health for updates regarding testing in Champaign County. 

Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission.  Learn more about social distancing on the Centers for Disease Control website 

CITY SERVICES


Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen issued an Executive Order declaring the existence of a local emergency in the City of Champaign related to the COVID-19 virus, which is causing or is anticipated to cause widespread impacts on the health of members of the community. Provisions in Chapter 12 of the Champaign Municipal Code provide the Mayor authorization to declare an emergency for a limited period of time. This allows the Mayor to exercise significant emergency powers at the inception of the emergency, and then to provide an opportunity for the City Council, as a whole, to deal with an emergency. Council approved this executive order on March 13, 2020. 

The City of Champaign is working to ensure that the delivery of essential public services continues. We are taking all necessary steps to make sure we continue to deliver critical police, fire, and emergency dispatch services and maintain public infrastructure. Our agencies have taken measures to appropriately equip our first responders to protect themselves and those they serve.

Our facilities are closed to the public to protect health and safety of our staff, but we are still providing regular service. Please contact us during regular business hours via phone (217-403-8700) or online at champaignil.gov/contacts.

Payments for parking citations, ordinance violations, fines, permits, licenses, fees, invoices or to provide a tax remittance may be submitted online, via mail or utilizing yellow courtesy drop boxes located throughout Champaign. Please visit the City’s finance website or call 217-403-8940 for more information.

More information on the temporary changes to Champaign Ordinance Violations, Notices to Appear, and City Court can be found here.

In order to comply with the Open Meetings Act, all public meetings will be posted for the public’s information online at champaignil.gov/council/.

All Champaign City Council meetings are carried like and available for on-demand viewing at   champaignil.gov/cgtv

The City Council accepts correspondence via email (council@champaignil.gov) and phone calls at 217-403-8700.  Other options may also be available.  Visit champaignil.gov/publiccomment to learn more.

For the latest information on the Champaign Public Library visit champaign.org/.

For the latest information on the Champaign Park District please visit champaignparks.com/.

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) is the local public transportation provider and has their current service information posted on their website.

There’s a public feedback form on the City’s website. You can submit your input online here.

Please review the links to resources proved towards the top of this page, or visit the C-U Small Business Development Center website.

Construction is listed as an essential service under the Governor’s Executive Order and private and public construction projects continue in Champaign.  To better protect on-site construction workers and City inspectors, large development projects must submit a COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Plan to the City.  Learn more here.

The US Census Bureau released this information regarding Census modifications due to COVID-19.

CLOSURES & CANCELLATIONS


On March 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.  Following that initial Order, the Restore Illinois phased re-opening plan was issued by the State of Illinois, which is a five-phased plan to reopen the state.  Click here to review the Stay at Home FAQs

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission has released a list of Frequently Asked Questions for Liquor Licensees to provide clarification on the Governor’s Executive Order that impacted bars and restaurants.

You can find up to date information on Champaign Schools at champaignschools.org/

The City of Champaign will update their website calendar with cancellations as they become available.

Visit Champaign County has a list of cancelled events on their website.  Residents and visitors are encouraged to contact event organizers directly to confirm the status of all events.

When it first went into effect, the Governor’s Executive Order required all bars and restaurants to suspend all dine-in service.  Many businesses remained open for delivery, drive through, and/or curbside pickup.  The five-phase Restore Illinois reopening plan allows these establishments to start reopening to varying degrees (i.e. outdoor dining) provided necessary safety measures are followed.  Please read the Restore Illinois plan to learn more.

Under the Governor’s Executive Orders, public and private venues like fitness centers, health clubs, bowling alleys, private clubs, and theaters are closed. Please see the Restore Illinois re-opening plan to learn more about when these types of venues will reopen.

POTENTIAL SOCIAL SERVICE NEEDS



Invidivuals and families can contact 211 Help Line  or the Eastern Illinois Food Bank for information about community food resources.

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. The State adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Learn more at the Illinois Department of Employment Security website.

Unit 4 Food Distribution Information

The City has been informed the following local businesses are offering free lunches for school age children at varying times and locations:

Maize (100 N. Chestnut St., Champaign) – Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m., Maize at the Station will be providing free lunch meals to all kids through school closings. Kids will be given the option of our Mexican sandwich (torta) or Quesadilla along with a serving a rice, beans and juice. Just ask for our Kids Special and we will know. No purchase is required by a parent.

MacAlister’s Deli (421 W. Town Center Blvd, Champaign ) – Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be free snack lunches for the kids. Pick or dine in only.

El Toro Bravo (2561 W. Springfield Ave, Champaign), El Toro II (723 S. Neil St., Champaign), and El Toro Mexican Restaurant (3401 Fields Dr., Champaign) – Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., children will receive a free meal from the kid’s menu.

Wingstop (512 S. Neil St., Champaign) – Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Children will receive a Kids meal consisting of a 5 piece boneless meal with fries, dipping sauce, and drink. Pick up or dine in only