Every day additional directives and advice to stop the spread of COVID-19 are issued. Today Mayor Lightfoot repeated the order that any person who is sick, or who has any symptoms of illness must stay home. This is a mandatory public health order, so all association employees must be allowed to immediately leave if they do not feel well, and associations must not penalize employees who call in sick. Also keep in mind that sick residents – while largely confined to their units per the public health order – are still allowed to leave to obtain essential services such as medical care, medicine, or food. As such, all public areas of association buildings, especially including things like door handles, elevator buttons and the like, should be routinely and thoroughly sanitized. Residents and employees should also be reminded of good sanitation practices such as hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, and staying home when sick. Vulnerable individuals such as those over 60 or with underlying medical conditions are also strongly encouraged to stay home. While many were expecting Mayor Lightfoot to issue a shelter-in-place order, that did not happen during today’s press conference. Other communities, however, have issued such orders, and more are likely to follow. As of the time of this notice, Oak Park has issued a shelter-in-place order starting Friday, March 20 and continuing until at least April 3. Under the Order, only “essential services” such as banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, medical providers and laundromats may continue, and all other work and travel is prohibited.
We will continue to follow all directives and other changes as they happen. In the meantime, our attorneys remain readily available to assist with any legal-related need, including those related to handling COVID-19 issues within your community.
We thank you for your continued support. Stay well.
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