Elgin Mayor Ends State of Emergency Powers

Elgin Mayor Ends State of Emergency Powers

Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain has terminated the emergency powers that were in place to assist the city during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emergency powers officially ended at 8 a.m. Friday, June 26, the first day of Phase 4 in the Restore Illinois plan.

Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain

On March 13, Kaptain declared a state of emergency consistent with the powers conferred on him under the Elgin Municipal Code.

The proclamation of a state of emergency allows the city to assemble resources and personnel necessary to expedite emergency planning measures and to enhance the city’s ability to deploy a rapid response to threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Actions occurring under the mayor’s state of emergency include:

  • Providing a $150,000 emergency loan to the city’s local food bank, “Food For Greater Elgin.”
  • Allowing restaurants and bars to offer curbside take-out and delivery sales of alcohol.
  • Issuing liquor license renewal extensions and fee relief to certain license holders.
  • Establishing temporary daytime accommodations for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Extending establishments’ current liquor license to include any City-approved temporary outdoor seating area.
  • Enabling restaurants and bars temporary sales and delivery of “to go” mixed drinks/cocktails.
  • Reserving hotel rooms for first responders in case of need to isolate.
  • Purchasing personal protective equipment and sanitizing supplies.

“I look forward to moving into Phase 4 but remain cautious,” Kaptain said. “We will continue to monitor the pandemic and do what is best to keep our community safe.”

During Phase 4, restaurants and bars may continue offering curbside take-out and delivery sales of alcohol, operate city-approved temporary outdoor seating areas and continue the temporary sales and delivery of “to go” mixed drinks/cocktails.

SOURCE: city of Elgin news release