COVID-19 & Municipal Services Updates

Village's COVID-19 Informational Update
Posted on 08/28/2020
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This page will be updated with the latest COVID-19 information provided by the Village of Arlington Heights. Last update was August 28, 2020.

Recent Updates Include:

  • Emergency Mortgage Assistance 
  • Face mask/covering guidelines for restaurant patrons
  • Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
  • Drive-through testing site at Arlington Park Racetrack
  • State Extends unemployment benefits
  • State's COVID-19 Resurgence Criteria
  •  Financial Assistance application for Village residents
  •  Phase 4 Restore Illinois

Emergency Mortgage Assistance Available Through State Program
Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority announced a $150 million Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program, designed to help eligible homeowners struggling to make mortgage payments due to the pandemic.

Funds are limited so complete your application as soon as possible. Only one application per household is allowed and an application is not a guarantee of assistance. There is no charge for applying for this program.

If you are approved, you will receive a grant of up to $15,000 that will be sent to your servicer to be applied against your mortgage. You may receive less than $15,000.

Face Mask/Covering Guidelines for Patrons of Restaurants 
As of August 25, 2020, the state has added new safety guidelines to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan pertaining to wearing face masks/coverings at restaurants when interacting with staff.  Please review the new guidelines.

The new guidelines include:

  1. Patron should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when approached and serviced by establishment employees, including but not limited to when employees take patron orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables, whether dining indoor or outdoor.

  2. Patrons should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when picking up carry out orders.

  3. Patrons should be encouraged to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when picking up food at a drive-thru window.

Rental Assistance Offered through State & County
There are two emergency rental assistance programs that will begin accepting applications on Monday, August 10. Each program, one offered through the State of Illinois and one offered through Cook County, has slightly different requirements.

Tenants in need can apply for both programs. Both programs randomly select applicants and when selected, applicants will be verified for eligibility.

Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Emergency Rental Assistance Program - one-time $5,000 payment made directly to landlord for past due rent and future rent. Apply here: 

Through the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Rental Assistance Program, up to three months of overdue or future rent is paid directly to landlord. Apply here:

Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Site Open at Arlington Park

The free, drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Rolling Meadows High School has relocated to the Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W Euclid Ave., on August 10. The facility is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Testing is free and available to all regardless of symptoms. Testing is also available to individuals of all ages. Parent or guardian must be present and able to provide consent for individuals under the age of 18. List of up-to-date community-based testing sites and mobile testing sites can be found at Illinois mobile testing sites.

Individuals should be tested if they have been in contact with persons who have or may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, even if no symptoms are present.

State Extends Unemployment Benefits
The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced August 6th that jobless benefits are extended another 20 weeks as unemployment numbers continue to grow because of the pandemic.

llinois Regional COVID-19 Resurgence Criteria
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is monitoring key indicators to identify early but significant increases of COVID-19 transmission in Illinois, potentially signifying resurgence. These indicators are calculated for eleven newly described  Illinois regions. IDPH will monitor if these indicators show an increase in COVID-19 disease burden  with a  simultaneous decrease in hospital capacity OR if there are three consecutive days averaging greater than or equal to 8% test positivity rate.  By looking at the IDPH's regional COVID-19 map, you are able to monitor the rates for each area.

These indicators can be used to determine whether additional community mitigation interventions are needed for a region to control the further spread of COVID-19.

Once a region meets resurgence criteria, then mitigation options from a tiered menu will be considered.  If sustained increases in health metrics continue unabated, further mitigations could be added from additional tiers. 

Phase 4 of Restore Illinois Allows Indoor Dining, Other Activities with Restrictions in Place
With certain capacity restrictions in place, residents can once again enjoy dining indoors and other activities that have been off limits for months as Restore Illinois Phase 4 begins on Friday, June 26. The Phase 4 changes will affect many facets of public life. Please refer to this overview of what changes will occur during the state’s Phase 4.

We are pleased to convey that Arlington Alfresco will continue through Labor Day in the Downtown area of Vail Avenue and Campbell Street. With Phase 4, all restaurants can return to providing indoor dining starting June 26th, with limited capacity for parties of up to 10 people. Local restaurants may resume their regular hours of business for indoor seating. Arlington Alfresco, which includes outdoor dining zones, will remain open every day and close at 11 p.m. Learn more about Phase 4 changes.
Financial Assistance for Residents During COVID-19 Pandemic
As part of the a recent COVID-19 Relief Package approved by the Village Board, much of a $165,000 supplemental federal grant received by the Village will be allocated to the emergency assistance fund for residents who qualify for the program. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please review the Financial Assistance Application.

Arlington Alfresco  Extended Through November 2
Arlington Alfresco, the popular outdoor dining program held in the Downtown and other Village restaurants has been extended by the Village Board to November 2 or until the first snow fall. Click here to review details of the plan and layout maps

Arlington Alfresco, is an open-air dining and shopping zone in the Downtown to enables restaurants, stores and businesses to expand their capacity into designated zones within the Arlington Alfresco footprint. 

Restaurants outside of the Downtown who want to use part of their private property for outdoor dining can fill out the Outdoor Dining on Private Property application.