COVID-19 Information & Responses
Mayor and City of Belleville Responses to COVID-19
Belleville, Ill. - Sept. 4, 2020 - Local COVID-19 Testing Sites Announced. Click here for more information.
Belleville, Ill. - Sept. 1, 2020 - Read Mayor Eckert's letter to Gov. Pritzker regarding Region 4 Mitigation plans.
Belleville, Ill. – August 28, 2020 – Beginning Monday, Aug. 31, the City of Belleville is offering free surgical face masks to residents who live in Belleville. The city has 85,500 masks, and residents may each receive two masks which are available for pick-up at various locations throughout the city. For full details, click here.
Belleville, IL - August 4, 2020 - Belleville City Council Extends Outdoor Dining, Street Closures. Click here for the details.
Belleville, IL - June 23, 2020 - Residential and Commercial Development Services/Health, Housing & Building Department reopens housing inspections. Click here for the details.
Belleville, IL - June 5, 2020 - View Mayor Eckert’s Weekly Message to Residents and Businesses.
Belleville, IL - June 1, 2020 - Belleville Public Library Offers Curbside Pick-Up Starting June 8
Belleville, IL - May 29, 2020 - View Mayor Eckert’s Weekly Message to Belleville Residents and Businesses.
Belleville, IL - May 28, 2020 - City of Belleville Reopens under Illinois’ Phase 3 of Restore Illinois Plan
Belleville, IL - May 22, 2020 - View Mayor Eckert’s Weekly Message to Belleville Residents and Businesses.
Belleville, IL - May 18, 2020 - View the proclamation concerning High School Senior Recognition Month
Belleville, IL - May 15, 2020 - View Mayor Eckert’s Weekly Message to Belleville Residents and Businesses
Belleville, IL - May 8, 2020 - View Mayor Eckert’s Weekly Message to Belleville Residents and Businesses
Belleville, IL - May 1, 2020 - View Mayor Eckert’s Weekly Message to Belleville Residents
Belleville, IL - April 24, 2020 - Read Mayor Eckert’s Message to Belleville Residents
Belleville, IL - April 21, 2020 - Read Ordinance 8438-2020 Delaying Deadline for Payment of Fees for Annual License Renewals in Fiscal Year 2021
Belleville, IL - April 20, 2020 - Read Mayor Eckert’s Re-Proclamation of a Disaster in the City of Belleville, IL
Belleville, IL - April 17, 2020 - Read Mayor Eckert’s Message to Belleville Residents
Belleville, IL - April 10, 2020 - View Mayor Eckert’s Video Message
Belleville, IL - April 3, 2020 - RCDS Suspends Housing Inspections
Belleville, IL - April 2, 2020 - Read Mayor Eckert’s Message printed in today’s BND.
Belleville, IL - March 27, 2020 Dear Belleville Residents: First, I want to say thank you! Thank you for doing your part to help reduce the impact of COVID-19.... READ MORE
Belleville, IL - March 26, 2020 Read Ordinance 8436-2020 Local State of Emergency
Belleville, IL - March 24, 2020 A Personal Appeal From Mayor Eckert, City Administrators & City Council Today, the State of Illinois announced that there have been 250 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed within the state over the last 24 hours....READ MORE
Belleville, IL - March 20, 2020 - Read Mayor Eckert’s Proclamation of a Disaster in the City of Belleville, IL
Belleville, IL - March 20, 2020 Today, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order Number Eight in response to COVID-19. This shelter in place order calls for all residents to stay at home and only leave for essential needs such as groceries and doctor appointments....READ MORE
Belleville, IL - March 18, 2020 To say this has been an unusual few weeks in our city, state and country is an understatement...READ MORE
Belleville, IL - March 16, 2020 Mayor Eckert Outlines City’s Response to COVID-19 In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Belleville has made the following decisions. All city offices will be closed to the public effective Tues., March 17 at 8 a.m. until the close of business on March 30, 2020.... READ MORE
From the Office of Governor Pritzker
Sept. 16, 2020 - Gov. Pritzker Announces $245 Million in Grants for Businesses and Communities Impacted by COVID-19 and Civil Unrest. For more info, click here.
Sept. 1, 2020 - State of Illinois Imposes Additional Restrictions in Region 4, Metro East, Beginning Sept. 2. For more information, click here.
August 25, 2020 - Patrons required to wear a mask during any interaction with wait staff, food service workers and other employees at bars and restaurants. For the full details, click here.
August 24, 2020 - Region 4 Continues Reporting Increased Positivity Rates, If Trend Continues Further Mitigations Will Likely Be Imposed On September 2nd. Click here for details.
August 17, 2020 - Metro East Under COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation Plan. Click here for the details, issued by Governor Pritzker.
August 4, 2020 - Gov. Pritzker Launches Mask Awareness Campaign: ‘It Only Works If You Wear It’. Click here for those details.
July 15, 2020 - Gov. Pritzker’s office today released Actions to Combat a Resurgence of COVID-19. Click here for those details.
June 24, 2020 - Gov. Pritzker announced that schools will open in the fall with additional health and safety considerations. To learn the full details, click here.
June 22, 2020 - Illinois is slated to move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan on Fri., June 26, 2020. To view the guidelines, click here.
May 28, 2020 - Illinois is slated to move into Phase 3 of Restore Illinois Plan on May 29, 2020. To view the guidelines for operating and visiting various businesses during Phase 3 of Restore Illinois, click here.
May 26, 2020 - Restore Illinois is about saving lives and livelihoods. This five-phased plan will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. This is an initial framework that will likely be updated as research and science develop and as the potential for treatments or vaccines is realized. The plan is based upon regional healthcare availability, and it recognizes the distinct impact COVID-19 has had on different regions of our state as well as regional variations in hospital capacity. To read the full plan, click here: Restore Illinois Plan.
April 30, 2020 - Read the Governor’s Updated FAQ’s and Revised Stay at Home Order
April 27, 2020 - With precautions and operational restrictions in place, golf will be permitted as a recreational activity, effective May 1, 2020, at 6:00 a.m. Read the DCEO’s Golf Operational Restrictions
April 11, 2020 - A new program, called “Call 4 Calm,” was recently launched by the state’s Human Services Mental Health Division. Illinois residents wanting to speak to a mental health care professional can text the word “TALK” to 552020. The service is free to use.
April 11, 2020 - Read the Governor’s Updated FAQ’s
April 5, 2020 - Read the Governor’s Updated FAQ’s
April 2, 2020 - Read the Governor’s Updated FAQ’s
March 30, 2020 - Read the Governor’s Updated FAQ’s
March 25, 2020 - Read Governor Pritzker’s Updated FAQ’s that provide additional clarification on his previous ’Stay At Home’ order.
March 19, 2020 - Read the summarized version of Governor Pritzker’s March 19, 2020 Press Conference.
City of Belleville Departmental Responses to COVID-19
Parks & Recreation Department Closes All Parks and Playgrounds
In an effort to encourage social distancing, all city parks and playgrounds are closed until further notice. This includes the skateboard park on N. 2nd St. near West F. Walking trails are open to individuals.
Library Expands Online Access
Temporary Library Cards - During the temporary closing of both library locations in Belleville, the library is offering adult residents a temporary card for access to electronic resources and databases.
Read about the library’s Expanded Access to Electronic Resources for residents.
Several sources for ebooks and databases have also been added while the libraries are closed. View all of the available Online Resources, including those specifically for grades K through 6, and teens.
City’s Essential Services Will Remain Uninterrupted
During the Governor’s Shelter In Place Order, all essential city services will remain uninterrupted, including police and fire protection, wastewater treatment, and sanitation services.
St. Clair County Response to COVID-19
April 6, 2020 - 2019 Real Estate Taxes - The St. Clair County Treasurer’s Office is delaying the mailing of the 2019 Real Estate Tax Bills until June 15. First and second installment due dates are tentatively scheduled for July 30 and September 30. For more information, read the 2019 Real Estate Tax Billing Changes.
Illinois Secretary of State Extends Office Closures
Secretary of State Jesse White, extended office closures statewide, including Driver Services facilities, through April 7, 2020. Read the Secretary of State’s announcement.
Illinois EPA to Resume Phased-In Vehicle Emissions Testing
May 29, 2020, SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois EPA Director John J. Kim today announced the Agency will resume vehicle emissions testing at most Illinois Air Team locations beginning June 1, 2020. The Agency suspended operations on March 21, 2020 to aid in the State’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Illinois. Extensive precautions are in place at Air Team testing locations and follow Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines to protect motorists and staff.
In order to reduce traffic volume and motorist wait time at testing locations, Illinois EPA is recommending motorists with a March or earlier vehicle registration expiration date have their vehicles tested in the month of June. Vehicle registration expiration dates have been extended without penalty by at least 90 days, allowing motorists to wait to have their vehicles tested and renew vehicle registrations.
For the full information, visit https://illinoisairteam.net/
Resources for Those Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
From the Office of State Treasurer Michael Frerichs
From the Office of U. S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
March 19, 2020 - The following materials related to Small Business Administration loan funds have been made available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Learn about The Save Small Business Fund, a grant making initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories.
From the Illinois Realtors
The impact of COVID-19 will likely leave many people in a financial emergency situation. If you are a homeowner who is struggling or unable to meet your loan obligations, work with experts and your lender to help find a solution. For more information read Protect Your Investment.
Illinois DCEO Impact Survey
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has created an impact survey relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of Illinois is seeking an economic injury disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The application requires data from businesses in every county to justify the declaration from the federal government. If it is granted, the declaration will help open up avenues of funding for small businesses in downstate Illinois that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
If your business has been impacted by COVID-19, please complete and submit the COVID-19 Impact Survey.
Ways You Can Help!
If you are medically trained, Illinois is looking for individuals like you to join the fight. For more information, go to Illinois Helps.
You can volunteer to help our community during the COVID-19 Response through the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.
Show your commitment to Stay Home and Save Lives. Visit All In Illinois
Belleville’s Community Interfaith Food Pantry is in need of donations of food, PPE equipment, and volunteers.
Support local restaurants by purchasing ’To Go’ and ’Carry Out’ orders. Visit U Speak Belleville for a list of some of the participating locations.
Make masks for Memorial Hospital medical staff. View the Mask Making Directions provided by Memorial Hospital. Donated masks can be dropped of at the hospitals’ main entrances from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The masks should be in bags. Donors will be asked to complete an information sheet.
THANK YOU to those who donated masks! We put out a call for help regarding face masks for city employees providing essential services and we received overwhelming support! Our needs have been met right now. If you’re still making masks and need an organization to donate to, Community Interfaith Food Pantry and Memorial Hospital Belleville are still accepting them. Thank you!!
Additional Information & Resources for Residents & Businesses
Community Interfaith Food Pantry - If you need help feeding yourself or your family during the COVID-19 shutdowns, the pantry is open and waiting to help. They have precautions in place to keep you and their volunteers safe. Please stop in if you need help during this time of widespread unemployment and disruption. Hours: 1-3 p.m. Mon., Thurs. & Fri.; 9-11 a.m. Tues. & Sat.; Call: 618-355-9199; 1218 West Main St., Belleville, Il 62220
City Calendar - Access the city’s online calendar of scheduled meetings and events for updates, including cancellations and postponements.
Facebook - Check the city’s Facebook page, Welcome to Belleville, IL, for continuous updates from our local schools, businesses, organizations, and state officials.
Greater Belleville Chamber - The Chamber’s website provides informative articles, resources, and links to other helpful websites.
Memorial Hospital - Visit Memorial Hospital’s website for important COVID-19 information.
State & Federal Resources:
Center for Disease Control & Prevention - Learn about COVID-19 through the CDC, including resources for communities, and information for healthcare professionals.
Illinois Department of Public Health - Learn more about COVID-19 through the IDPH, including how to protect yourself and your family, information for travelers, the number of cases reported in Illinois, and frequently asked questions with answers.
Illinois Municipal League - Read the IML’s Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19.
St. Clair County Health Department - Learn more about COVID-19 prevention through the SCCHD.
U. S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration - Read OSHA’s guide for preparing workplaces for COVID-19.