Community Collaboration: June 26 Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 2:44 PM

Restore Illinois Phase 4: What Hasn’t Changed

Due to a continued decline in COVID-19 rates in all regions, today, the State of Illinois moves into Phase 4 of Restore Illinois. Libraries and Park Districts will begin offering more programs and services (check their websites for details). Businesses in our community also will be able to expand their offerings; we encourage you to support our local establishments.

Know that organizations will move to open their operations at different levels and rates to ensure they are doing so in the safest way possible. Please have patience when you embark on your “new normal” throughout the community.

While the transition to Phase 4 is hopeful news, it does not mean that the virus has been eradicated; we remain in the midst of a global pandemic.

The state, and our region, reached this phase because of our strict adherence to the important safety and health measures that slowed the spread of the virus. Now, more than ever, it is critical for you to follow the guidelines (which are, in fact, requirements of the safety guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health in Phase 4):

  • Keep 6 feet from others.
  • Wear face coverings at work, when shopping and in other public areas.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  

Our ability, as a community, to continue to follow these guidelines, will determine what our schools, libraries, park districts, villages and places of business look like moving forward. Remember, we could move back to Phase 2 or Phase 3 if COVID-19 cases in our region rise.

Emergency Planning

The members of the Glenview Northbrook Coronavirus Response team met with local police and fire officials to coordinate our efforts to review safety protocols in the time of coronavirus. Discussions included how fire, tornado and lockdown drills might look, and considerations for visitor management.

Good News Stories

This issue’s good news stories focus on the summer reading programs at the Glenview and Northbrook libraries, which support the Northfield Township Food Pantry.

The Northbrook Public Library is excited to announce Read to Feed, a new feature of its Summer Reading program that lets participants earn a $2 donation to the Northfield Township Food Pantry when they reach their reading goal. Read to Feed is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Northbrook Public Library and First Bank of Highland Park. You can sign up for Summer Reading online or by phone starting July 1. Learn more at

The Glenview Public Library has set a community reading goal for the 2020 Summer Reading Program. If a combined 500 readers log 750 minutes (Grades K-8) or log 45 books (Birth-Age 5), the library will make a $500 donation to the Northfield Township Food Pantry. If 900 readers reach these goals, we’ll donate an extra $300. Together we can support our community and stop hunger. Visit to learn more and participate.