Geneva Requires, St. Charles Asks People To Wear a Mask in City Buildings, at Public Meetings

Geneva Requires, St. Charles Asks People To Wear a Mask in City Buildings, at Public Meetings

The city of St. Charles is asking residents to wear a mask in city buildings and public meetings while the city of Geneva is requiring it.

That’s a subtle difference and may not have much difference in outcome or enforcement, but it’s worthy of note. Here are the news releases from each community.

St. Charles: Please Wear a Mask in City Buildings and at Public Meetings

In accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and recommendations by county and state public health agencies, beginning Aug. 2, 2021, the city of St. Charles requests every person, including fully vaccinated individuals, to wear a mask inside city buildings, including at all public meetings.

The Kane County Health Department announced July 31, 2021, that the level of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus in Kane County has reached “Substantial.” The latest CDC guidance recommends every person, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask indoors in public settings where levels are “substantial” or “high,” to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

The CDC maintains a website that tracks COVID-19 transmission by county at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, visit the Kane County Health Department’s vaccine website at www.kanevax.org.

Geneva: Masks Required in City Buildings After Kane County Reaches ‘Substantial’ Transmission Level For COVID-19

Geneva’s city facilities remain open to the public, but masks will now be required for all guests after Kane County’s COVID-19 community positivity rate reached a level of “substantial” transmission July 31.

Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns

The Center for Disease Control and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines recommend every person, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings where community transmission levels for COVID-19 are “substantial” or “high.”

People also should follow other mitigation steps such as physical distancing, handwashing, and staying at home/getting tested when feeling sick.

The Kane County Health Department states vaccinations are the best defense to ending the pandemic. To schedule an appointment, visit www.kanevax.org.

Staying consistent with following state and federal health guidelines, the city is requiring everyone to wear a face mask when entering city facilities, including public meetings.

While city facilities remain open, Geneva residents are strongly encouraged to utilize electronic services to conduct city business. Utility bill payments can be paid online at www.geneva.il.us; over the phone by calling the Finance Department at 630-232-0854; U.S. mail; or deposited in dropboxes (no cash please) located at City Hall, the Finance Department and both fire stations.

Residents should call 911 in an emergency. Non-emergency issues can be submitted online by clicking the “Report A Concern” button on the city’s website, or by calling Geneva City Hall at 630-232-7494. A city staff directory also is available online.

The Geneva City Council and city advisory board meetings are being conducted in person at City Hall. Visitors are welcome to attend as long as they wear a face mask indoors. City Council, Committee of the Whole, Historic Preservation Commission, and Planning & Zoning Commission meetings air live on Geneva Broadcast Network and also can be watched on the city’s YouTube channel. The city has posted guidelines online for public participation at upcoming meetings.

Given the changing nature of this pandemic, residents and businesses should check the city’s website for the latest information on the city’s coronavirus response page.

SOURCE: city of St. Charles and city of Geneva news releases