COVID-19 Information & Responses

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Mayor’s Messages

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 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  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

Belleville Mayor Mayor W. Eckert

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.

RCDS Suspends Housing Inspections

Following the Governor’s Executive Order, and for the health and safety or of our residents and housing inspectors, effective immediately, the city’s Residential and Commercial Development Services/Health, Housing & Building Department will not schedule or perform any Housing Inspections. For more details, read the Letter from Mayor Mark W. Eckert dated April 3, 2020.

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.

From the Office of Governor Pritzker

March 25, 2020 - Read Governor Pritzker’s Updated FAQ’s that provide additional clarification on his previous ’Stay At Home’ order. 

Read Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order Number Eight in response to COVID-19. For questions regarding the Governor’s Executive Order, email CEO.support@illinois.gov

March 19, 2020 - Read the summarized version of Governor Pritzker’s March 19, 2020 Press Conference

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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.  

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

The following materials related to Small Business Administration loan funds have been made available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

•    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Business Loan Application

•    A PowerPoint slide deck which covers the basics of SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans 

•    A document on local/regional points of contact who are available to assist impacted businesses

•    A handout provided by SBA summarizing SBA disaster assistance in response to COVID-19

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

Illinois Helps

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

Serve IL AmeriCorps

Additional Information & Resources for Residents & Businesses

Local Resources:

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. 

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.