March 13, 2020 - The Village Board today adopted a resolution declaring a local public health emergency, a procedural step under state law that gives municipal administrators the authority to respond more quickly to the rapidly changing challenges of the novel coronavirus illness, COVID-19.
The move does not mean that the risk of contracting the virus has immediately increased in Oak Park, officials said, but establishes the legal authority for rapid mobilization of resources as needed. The formal declaration also creates the mechanisms necessary to seek future reimbursements from the state and federal governments.
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The local emergency declaration by Oak Park temporarily suspends purchasing rules such as bidding requirements and board contract approvals to allow quick action if necessary to protect public health without convening a Village Board meeting.
The local declaration by the Oak Park Village Board coincides with similar actions taken by the Governor and the Cook County Board to allow for more effective response to the evolving COVID-19 public health crisis.
This action by the Village Board comes as Elementary School District 97 and Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 have closed their buildings to students. The Oak Park Public Library also closed all three of its branches to the public and the Park District of Oak Park canceled its programs and closed its facilities.
Links to more information on the Covid-19 coronavirus illness is posted at www.oak-park.us/covid19.