Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state. Lake in the Hills, along with McHenry County and all regions in the state, is currently operating within the guidelines of Phase 3. Learn more about Village operations during the pandemic below. As always, the health and safety of our residents is our top priority.
All four regions of the state moved into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan on Friday, June 26th. Following the guidelines and mandates issued by the state for Phase 4, the Village will implement the following changes:
- Playgrounds have reopened. One exception is Edward William Hynes Park, which is scheduled to undergo a playground replacement beginning in July, so it will remain closed.
- Basketball courts and volleyball courts have reopened.
- Tennis courts are now open for doubles play. Tennis courts previously opened for singles play during Phase 3.
- Athletic organizations may begin holding games at Village fields in accordance with the Phase 4 guidelines. Social distancing and disinfecting of shared equipment are suggested.
- Facility rentals will resume beginning July 3rd. Rentals may be subject to capacity limitations based on the Phase 4 guidelines. Reservations will be taken beginning June 29th. Please note that the multipurpose room downstairs at Village Hall will not be available to rent during weekdays while the Village’s Funtasticamp program is in session. The room will only be available to rent on weekends.
- The Sunset Park Splash Pad opened on 6/30 and the beaches open on 7/2.
- The Village Bark Park, trails, bike paths, parks, and open spaces remain available for outdoor activity.
The full Phase 4 guidelines are available here.
Other modifications remain in place. Remember, social distancing in Phase 4 is still the norm. The Village still requires the wearing of masks in its facilities and encourages residents to use the Village website to make payments, apply for permits, and conduct other business.
Regular updates on the Village’s actions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are posted on lith.org/coronavirus and on social media.
Click here to read our Playground, Beach, and Splash Pad Safety Guidelines.
All four regions of the state moved into the next phase of the Restore Illinois plan on Friday, May 29. Following the guidelines and mandates issued by the State for Phase 3, the Village has implemented the following changes:
- Beginning Monday, June 1, Village Hall, Public Works, and the airport office will reopen to the public with standard operating hours. Masks and facial coverings will be mandatory at each facility in accordance with the Phase 3 requirements. Informational signage will be posted at each facility to promote social distancing.
- Tennis courts are open for singles play only. Playgrounds, skate parks, basketball courts, and volleyball courts will remain closed.
- Affiliate organizations that provide youth sports have been notified that fields are available for: “drills, practices, and lessons that do not involve contact between individuals and allow for 6-ft of social distancing to be maintained.” No competitive games are allowed at this time. Please reach out to your athletic organizations to find out if they will resume their program offerings under these Phase 3 guidelines.
On May 5, Governor Pritzker announced Restore Illinois, a five-phase approach toward COVID-19 recovery. The five phases are:
- RAPID SPREAD
- RECOVERY (currently in this phase)
- ILLINOIS RESTORED
You can view the full "Restore Illinois" plan on the State's website.
The full document includes what each phase looks like, what is open during each phase, how we move to the next phase, and what could cause us to move backward.
Regions that meet certain thresholds over the next few weeks will be able to move to Phase 4. Right now, the plan indicates that McHenry County, like all Illinois counties, is in Phase 3.
Governor Pritzker has also indicated that this initial plan can and will be updated as research and science develop and as effective treatments or vaccines are realized.
Please continue to visit coronavirus.illinois.gov for updates.
The Village has created a directory of businesses and restaurants that will remain in operation during the stay-at-home order. The circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic are rapidly changing, so it is recommended to check with each business individually for hours of operations and services offered, as changes made day-to-day may not be captured in the directory. To be added to the directory as a Lake in the Hills Business, please email us.
In an effort to protect public health and with the safety of our community and our employees in mind, Village Hall, Public Works, the Airport office, and the LaBahn-Hain House will be closed to the public through May 30, 2020. Additionally, all playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, beaches, volleyball courts, and skate parks are currently closed. However, our Bark Park, trails, bike paths, and open spaces remain available for outdoor activity.
This is a rapidly changing situation and the Village is working closely with county and state agencies. The ability to reopen to the public will be assessed on an ongoing basis after May 30.
Information on COVID-19 is best attained through the multiple public health agencies monitoring the situation. A series of FAQs are linked below. The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are monitoring COVID-19 and its impact throughout the area and in Illinois. The McHenry County Department of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McHenry County.
For questions regarding COVID-19, please call the Illinois Department of Public Health coronavirus hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV to have all your Coronavirus questions answered.
INFORMATION AND FAQs BY AGENCY
(includes symptoms and prevention)
- World Health Organization FAQs
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FAQs
- Illinois Department of Public Health FAQs
- McHenry County Health Department FAQs
- Stay informed by checking the CDC's website and its social media pages for the most recent information
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is unavailable
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Wear a mask or facial covering when going out for essential trips
For additional preventative tips, visit CDC's Prevention and Treatment webpage.
Press Releases, Resources and Other Documents
- 2020-06-29 Press Release - Phase 4 Playgrounds and Beaches Opening Guidelines
- 2020-06-26 Press Release - Phase 4 Updates
- Restore Illinois - A Public Health Approach to Reopen Our State
- Restore Illinois - Spanish
- 2020-05-29 Press Release - Phase 3 Updates
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- COVID-19 Community Resource Guide
- 2020-05-12 Letter from McHenry County Leaders to Governor Pritzker
- 2020-05-06 Press Release - Business Relief and Ad Hoc Meeting
- 2020-04-25 Press Release - Village Response to Stay at Home Order Extension
- 2020-03-31 Press Release - Village Response to Stay At Home Order
- 2020-03-22 Press Release - Village Response to Stay at Home Order