All Village of South Holland updates on COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, are housed on this page. To receive these updates via email as soon as they are available, click here or text SOUTHHOLLAND to 22828.

June 4, 2020

State Announces Community-Based Testing Sites Now Open to All
Expanded Criteria Will Allow Anyone to Get Tested, Regardless of Symptoms 

SPRINGFIELD –The State of Illinois is opening its community-based testing sites to anyone to get tested, regardless of symptoms or other criteria. As we move through the Restore Illinois plan, and into a full reopening of the state, testing will be crucial to identifying new cases and taking immediate action to prevent additional spread. 

“As we move forward, COVID-19 testing must be widely available and this is a step in that direction,” said Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “The state-operated Community-Based Testing Sites currently have the capacity to test more than 6,000 people per day, and now there will be no restrictions to who can be tested for this potentially deadly virus.” 

No appointment, doctor referral, or insurance is needed at state operated drive-thru sites and testing is available at no cost to the individual. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recommending anyone who has recently been part of a mass gathering, including rallies and protests over the past week, get tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

“As people gather in large crowds with varying degrees of social distancing, there is cause for concern about COVID-19 spread and outbreaks, especially if masks were not worn universally,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “I urge anyone who recently attended a rally, protest, or other mass gathering to get tested for COVID-19 so we can identify any cases early. We recommend testing 5-7 days after participating in large group rallies, or immediately if symptoms develop. If there are known cases, we can make sure those people are quarantined and not exposing other individuals.” 

The virus has been found to spread between people up to a couple days before people start showing symptoms. Because of this, the number of people an infected person could unknowingly expose can be exponential. 

South Suburban College is a public testing site in South Holland, at 15800 S State Street. The site is open daily from 8am-4pm. The drive-thru route is limited to the south side of campus near the athletic fields.

View the list of all Illinois community-based testing sites HERE. A list of both public and private testing sites can be found on the IDPH website.


May 28, 2020
Reopening Plan for South Holland
From Mayor De Graff:
As of the time of this writing, the total number of confirmed cases in South Holland is 355, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. We are encouraged that the number of cases is not increasing as exponentially as it was before. In fact, all of Cook County is on a downward trend in terms of Covid cases and deaths, which allows us to enter the next phase of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan.

Here are some of the categories opening (with limits) in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan beginning May 29:

  • Groups of 10 people or fewer may gather.
  • Non-essential businesses may return to work.
  • Restaurants may offer outdoor dining.
  • Barbershops and salons may open.
  • Retail businesses may open with capacity limits.

Learn more about Phase 3 here.

For Village-owned buildings and services:

  • The Customer Service Center and Village Hall will open to the public on June 15. Between now and then, we are taking proactive steps to ensure your safety and our employees’ safety by equipping the buildings with protective measures. In the meantime, please continue to make payments at southholland.org or by dropping them in the drop box in front of Village Hall. Please click here for a map that locates the drop box, and for more information on how to make payments.
  • The South Holland Community Center cannot open to the public until we enter Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. We will keep you updated on the Community Center’s reopening as soon as information is available.

For South Holland businesses:

  • It is exciting that more businesses are able to open again! If you’ve been itching to have a meal at a restaurant, you can do so beginning May 29 at the establishments that offer outdoor dining! Enjoy the nice weather and the feeling of normalcy as you take advantage of this option.
  • To help support our South Holland businesses recover from the shutdown, we are offering the Shop South Holland program, where you can be eligible to receive a free vehicle sticker, $50 off your next water bill, or a free one-month membership to the Community Center. Learn more.

MAY 20, 2020
Mayor Don De Graff shares this week’s update via video, covering COVID-19 news and other announcements.


MAY 13, 2020

Masks available at Fire Station while supplies last

If you have had difficulties securing a mask or making a face covering with supplies from your home, we would like to assist you. We were able to obtain some additional masks and will make them available—while supplies last—for residents upon request. Please visit Fire Station 1 (16230 Wausau Ave) from Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm, if you are in need of a mask. 


APRIL 30, 2020

Mayor Don De Graff shares this week’s update via video, covering COVID-19 news and other announcements.

 


APRIL 22, 2020

Mayor De Graff strongly encourages use of masks

A message to South Holland residents from Mayor Don A. De Graff:

“In accordance with CDC guidelines, I am strongly encouraging our residents to wear masks while inside public places where you will be in close proximity to others. We deeply respect civil liberties, but it’s important to protect ourselves and others from this virus.”

We realize there is a high demand for masks right now, but there are many ways to make your own protective mask without having to sew or purchase fabric.

The CDC offers these online tutorials on how to make your own mask:


APRIL 17, 2020

Thank You for Your Donations!

The Village of South Holland would like to offer our warmest thanks to the following local businesses who have delivered supplies, food and cheer to our public safety departments and essential employees!

Accurate Coatings – Safety Glasses
Ashland (Calumet City) – Hand Sanitizer
Balloon’s Queens N Things – Balloon Display
Blueberry Field – Food for Employees
BP – N95 Masks
Casa de Gracia – Food for Employees
Carl Buddig – Safety Glasses/Gowns
Grier Abrasives – N95 Masks/Safety Glasses
Miniat – Gowns
Reif’s Auto Body and Repair – Disinfectant
The Well (Thornton) – Hand Sanitizer


APRIL 7, 2020

GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF MASKS BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC
From the Illinois Department of Public Health

All Illinoisans should wear a mask or face covering when they must leave their home or report to work for essential operations and they either cannot or it is impractical to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and others. Examples include:

  • Shopping at essential businesses, like grocery stores or pharmacies,
  • Picking up food from the drive thru or curbside pickup,
  • While visiting your health care provider,
  • Traveling on public transportation,
  • Interacting with customers, clients, or coworkers at essential businesses,
  • Performing essential services for state and local government agencies, such as laboratory testing, where close interactions with other people are unavoidable, and
  • When feeling sick, coughing, or sneezing.

Those who are staying home and have no close contacts that are infected with COVID-19 don’t need a mask while at home. Provided you do so alone or with close, household contacts, other situations that don’t require a mask or face covering include running or walking in your neighborhood, mowing the lawn, performing spring yard cleanup, gardening, driveway car washing, and other outdoor activities on your own property. Nevertheless we must be intentional about avoiding crowds and social distancing so we can enjoy physical connections later.

By following this guidance when you must leave your home, you will reduce your fellow citizens’ exposure to respiratory droplets and infectious particles, and they yours. This will protect all of us.

Best Practices for Homemade Masks or Face Coverings

Best practices for making and wearing homemade masks include:

  • Using materials available at home or buying materials online to avoid exposure in public places.
  • Purchasing masks made by small businesses, saving medical masks for health care workers and potentially helping the local economy.
  • Making masks from materials that will hold up to daily washing and drying. Wash and dry newly sewn masks before using them for the first time.
  • Having more than one mask per person so they can be laundered daily. This will also be helpful if your mask becomes wet, damaged, or no longer fits and you need to replace it.
  • Washing your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water before putting on a mask, immediately after removing it, or if you touch the mask while using it.
  • The mask should fit snugly around your mouth and nose. A metal wire sewn or built into the mask will help it conform to the bridge of your nose.
  • Avoiding touching the mask while using it. If you do, wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • There are relatively few studies of the effectiveness of masks made from homemade materials. Whether you use cotton fabrics, paper-based shop towels, or other materials, try to strike a balance between the materials you already have at home, how easy it will be to breathe while wearing the mask for extended periods away from home, and whether or not you would prefer to craft a new mask every day (paper) or wash and reuse your mask(s).
  • Replacing your mask when wet, damaged or it no longer fits your face. Masks should not be worn damp or when wet from spit or mucus.
  • Try to avoid touching the outer surface of the mask when removing it. Remove the mask by untying it or unfastening the ear loops. Place it in a bag or bin away from small children or pets until it can be laundered.

This does not replace but enhances other IDPH guidance concerning social distancing and universal masking in congregate living facilities.

How do I care for my mask?

It’s a good idea to wash your mask or face covering at least daily. Place your used masks in a bag or bin away from small children or pets until they can be laundered with detergent and dried on a hot cycle. If you need to remove and reuse your mask before washing, consider putting it in a plastic or paper bag (not your backpack or purse) and be mindful not to put the mask where others can touch it or where the mask will contaminate other, shared surfaces. Wash your wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face. Paper-based masks, like those crafted from shop towels, should be discarded after each use.

How do can I make my own mask or face covering?

There are a number of online resources, including the following, with instructions for making homemade masks and face coverings from cloth fabric or paper. You may even be able to use a 3D Printer with open source designs if you have one at home.

CDC DIY Cloth Face Coverings (April 4)

CDC Recommendations for Cloth Face Covers

U.S. Surgeon General How to Make Your Own Face Covering (YouTube)

CDC Cloth Face Covers FAQ

Pennsylvania Department of Public Health Guidance on Homemade Masks during COVID-19

California Department of Public Health

Minnesota Department of Health Interim Guidance on Alternative Facemasks

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Face Coverings FAQ

National Institutes of Health 3D Print Exchange

JOANN Fabric Stores

Easy No-Sew Shop Towel Mask (YouTube)

Coronavirus Tips: How to make a mask without sewing (YouTube)

This guidance was adapted from universal masking guidance available from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health, and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


MARCH 29, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR DE GRAFF:

Dear South Holland Residents and Friends,

This is clearly a very unusual time for all of us. We will never forget Governor Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home order to protect us from COVID-19. As this extraordinary mandate continues to impact our daily lives, on behalf of the Village board and administration, I want to say “Thank you!” Thanks so much for observing the mandates and recommendations from our federal, state and local authorities to maintain social distancing and to keep everyone around us healthy. As a result of our diligence, there’s some good news! Although parts of Cook County are becoming hotspots for Coronavirus, right now there is little evidence of that in the Village of South Holland. This is a clear indication that we, as residents, are doing our part. South Holland is a very safe environment to live in, and it’s because of you.

Now as we approach April and spring has sprung, there is even more reason for optimism and for us to keep this momentum going. With warmer weather and more sunshine in our future, we will want to get outside, and I encourage all of us to do so! As we do, please continue to wash your hands as often as possible, and practice social distancing, remaining at least 6 feet apart from others. Remember too that our parks are open, but the playground equipment is closed.

I assure you that we as a board and administration are staying in close and frequent contact with our federal, state and county authorities. As new information arises, we will make sure we take all necessary steps to keep our community safe.

There are times in our lives where it may be difficult for us to understand the bigger picture, to “see the forest through the trees.” That’s when it’s so important to remember that God is in control and we can take refuge in that knowledge. Let’s continue to pray for God’s intervention. We are all in this together and we will always continue to be South Holland strong.

May God continue to bless each and every one of us as we journey together,

Don A. De Graff
Mayor


MARCH 22, 2020
On Friday, March 20, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced a “stay-at-home” order for all Illinois residents in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. The order went into effect 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 and will remain in effect through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
According to the order, residents may only leave their homes to buy groceries, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, go to an essential job, or take walks outside. Essential services such as grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies will remain open, but all non-essential businesses will be forced to stop operating.
Restaurants are allowed to remain open for pickup, carryout, drive-through and delivery service.
As a result of this order, all Village of South Holland offices will be closed to the public. This includes Village Hall, the Customer Service Center, Public Works office, and the Community Center. Residents may still call 708.210.2900 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm to access Village of South Holland government services, or visit the Village website at southholland.org for information, to pay bills, report concerns or complete Village business.
Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services departments remain fully operational, 24 hours a day, and are completely prepared to handle any and all emergency matters that may arise. The Public Works department will also perform essential services such as street cleaning and road repairs. Garbage collection will continue as scheduled.
All Village parks are open, but residents must meet the social distancing requirement of staying at least six feet from any other person. All playgrounds, however, are closed.
See the full requirements of the governor’s stay-at-home proclamation HERE.
As news of the Coronavirus changes daily, we will likely be posting many updates accordingly. Everyone on our email list will receive the updates as they become available. Sign up for our email list HERE or by texting SOUTHHOLLAND to 22828.

MARCH 20, 2020

Due to the current status of the Coronavirus crisis, the Village of South Holland will suspend service at the Customer Service Center on Saturday, March 21, 2020. It will remain open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

During this time, to help reduce the spread of the virus, residents are encouraged to pay their water bills online at southholland.org, through the U.S. mail, or via the payment drop-box located in the circle drive in front of the Village Hall.

The South Holland Community Center will also be closed Sunday, March 22 and will re-open Monday, March 23 at 6am.


MARCH 19, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR DE GRAFF:

Dear South Holland Residents and Friends,

As you all know, we are living in a time of unprecedented upheaval. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our lives in a very short period of time. This past week, we have seen announcement after announcement about closings, cancellations, precautions, and social distancing measures. The news is coming at us every which way, and after a while it can get discouraging. To that end, I say…

Have faith, my friends. We will endure.

I am confident that the South Holland community will come out of this trial stronger than ever. We must work together, however. If you are healthy, support our local restaurants by ordering takeout whenever possible. Reach out to your elderly or immunocompromised neighbors to help with groceries. While at home with kids, teach them a new life skill they may not have learned at school. These are all ways we can come together and make the very best of this unparalleled situation.

From a Village standpoint, we are taking every precaution to ensure our residents stay safe and healthy. We have implemented social distancing measures by postponing events, limiting contact at our public spaces, and cleaning our equipment, vehicles and workspaces often. Meanwhile, our Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services departments remain fully operational, 24 hours a day, and are completely prepared to handle any and all emergency matters that may arise (though we pray that will not be necessary).

To stay updated on Village announcements regarding COVID-19, text SOUTHHOLLAND to 22828 to receive email updates. We will also post all news at southholland.org/covid19.

Have hope, and pray for God’s intervention. We are South Holland strong, and we are in this together.

God’s blessings to each and every one of you,

Don A. De Graff
Mayor


MARCH 18, 2020

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENT CANCELLED

In order to keep residents safe and healthy, the March 28 Electronic Recycling event has been cancelled. If a new date is rescheduled, we will post it here and on all of the Village’s promotional platforms.


MARCH 16, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE VILLAGE OF SOUTH HOLLAND ADDS PROACTIVE MEASURES

The Village of South Holland is closely monitoring the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because of newly released government mandates and additional cases being reported in Cook County, the Village has implemented the following preventative and social distancing measures:

VILLAGE EVENTS
The following events have been cancelled:

  • March 28 Fire Department Pancake Breakfast (postponed)
  • April 4 New Resident Breakfast (postponed)
  • April 4 Easter Egg Hunt
  • April 4 Coffee with Firefighters

Events organized by Village partners that have been cancelled include:

  • March 26 South Holland Business Association Expo (postponed)
  • All spring concerts for the South Holland Master Chorale

COMMUNITY CENTER
Through April 12, the following entities will be CLOSED at the South Holland Community Center (501 E 170th Street):

  • Gym
  • Pool (this includes open swim and all aquatics classes)
  • Sauna
  • Whirlpool

The following entities will remain OPEN/ACTIVE for the time being:

  • Fitness Center
  • Walking Track
  • Non-Aquatic Programs (i.e. Karate, Pre-school, Sr. Chair Fitness) – You will be notified individually if your class is cancelled. Credits/refunds will be made available for any cancelled classes.

If you have any questions about closures/cancellations, please contact the Community Center at 708.331.2940 or recservices@southholland.org.

POLICE DEPARTMENT
The following events and court dates have been cancelled:

  • March 23 and April 14 Community Policing Meetings
  • March 23 Red Light Court
  • April 13 Ammo and Code Enforcement Court
  • April 15 Citizen’s Police Academy

Our Police and Fire Departments are fully operational, 24 hours a day, and are completely prepared to handle any and all emergency matters that may arise.

PUBLIC WORKS/CODE ENFORCEMENT VISITS
All non-essential Public Works visits and property inspections are canceled until April 13.

CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER
The Customer Service Center (16220 Wausau Avenue) remains open; however, we encourage residents to make payments online whenever possible at southholland.org. Forms and payments (no cash) can also be deposited at the dropbox located on the U-shaped drive at Village Hall.

The administrative offices at Village Hall also remain open.

SOUTH HOLLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
The South Holland Public Library (16250 Wausau Avenue) is closed until further notice. For more information from the library, please visit www.shlibrary.org

As the news of the Coronavirus changes daily, we will likely be posting many updates accordingly. To receive these updates as soon as they become available, sign up for our email list HERE or by texting SOUTHHOLLAND to 22828. We will also post updates at southholland.org/covid19 and on our Facebook page.

For more information on the Coronavirus, visit any of the following websites:

MAY 13, 2020

If you have had difficulties securing a mask or making a face covering with supplies from your home, we would like to assist you. We were able to obtain some additional masks and will make them available—while supplies last—for residents upon request. Please visit Fire Station 1 (16230 Wausau Ave) from Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm, if you are in need of a mask. 


APRIL 30, 2020

Mayor Don De Graff shares this week’s update via video, covering COVID-19 news and other announcements.

 


APRIL 22, 2020

Mayor De Graff strongly encourages use of masks

A message to South Holland residents from Mayor Don A. De Graff:

“In accordance with CDC guidelines, I am strongly encouraging our residents to wear masks while inside public places where you will be in close proximity to others. We deeply respect civil liberties, but it’s important to protect ourselves and others from this virus.”

We realize there is a high demand for masks right now, but there are many ways to make your own protective mask without having to sew or purchase fabric.

The CDC offers these online tutorials on how to make your own mask:


APRIL 17, 2020

Thank You for Your Donations!

The Village of South Holland would like to offer our warmest thanks to the following local businesses who have delivered supplies, food and cheer to our public safety departments and essential employees!

Accurate Coatings – Safety Glasses
Ashland (Calumet City) – Hand Sanitizer
Balloon’s Queens N Things – Balloon Display
Blueberry Field – Food for Employees
BP – N95 Masks
Casa de Gracia – Food for Employees
Carl Buddig – Safety Glasses/Gowns
Grier Abrasives – N95 Masks/Safety Glasses
Miniat – Gowns
Reif’s Auto Body and Repair – Disinfectant
The Well (Thornton) – Hand Sanitizer


APRIL 7, 2020

GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF MASKS BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC
From the Illinois Department of Public Health

All Illinoisans should wear a mask or face covering when they must leave their home or report to work for essential operations and they either cannot or it is impractical to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and others. Examples include:

  • Shopping at essential businesses, like grocery stores or pharmacies,
  • Picking up food from the drive thru or curbside pickup,
  • While visiting your health care provider,
  • Traveling on public transportation,
  • Interacting with customers, clients, or coworkers at essential businesses,
  • Performing essential services for state and local government agencies, such as laboratory testing, where close interactions with other people are unavoidable, and
  • When feeling sick, coughing, or sneezing.

Those who are staying home and have no close contacts that are infected with COVID-19 don’t need a mask while at home. Provided you do so alone or with close, household contacts, other situations that don’t require a mask or face covering include running or walking in your neighborhood, mowing the lawn, performing spring yard cleanup, gardening, driveway car washing, and other outdoor activities on your own property. Nevertheless we must be intentional about avoiding crowds and social distancing so we can enjoy physical connections later.

By following this guidance when you must leave your home, you will reduce your fellow citizens’ exposure to respiratory droplets and infectious particles, and they yours. This will protect all of us.

Best Practices for Homemade Masks or Face Coverings

Best practices for making and wearing homemade masks include:

  • Using materials available at home or buying materials online to avoid exposure in public places.
  • Purchasing masks made by small businesses, saving medical masks for health care workers and potentially helping the local economy.
  • Making masks from materials that will hold up to daily washing and drying. Wash and dry newly sewn masks before using them for the first time.
  • Having more than one mask per person so they can be laundered daily. This will also be helpful if your mask becomes wet, damaged, or no longer fits and you need to replace it.
  • Washing your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water before putting on a mask, immediately after removing it, or if you touch the mask while using it.
  • The mask should fit snugly around your mouth and nose. A metal wire sewn or built into the mask will help it conform to the bridge of your nose.
  • Avoiding touching the mask while using it. If you do, wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • There are relatively few studies of the effectiveness of masks made from homemade materials. Whether you use cotton fabrics, paper-based shop towels, or other materials, try to strike a balance between the materials you already have at home, how easy it will be to breathe while wearing the mask for extended periods away from home, and whether or not you would prefer to craft a new mask every day (paper) or wash and reuse your mask(s).
  • Replacing your mask when wet, damaged or it no longer fits your face. Masks should not be worn damp or when wet from spit or mucus.
  • Try to avoid touching the outer surface of the mask when removing it. Remove the mask by untying it or unfastening the ear loops. Place it in a bag or bin away from small children or pets until it can be laundered.

This does not replace but enhances other IDPH guidance concerning social distancing and universal masking in congregate living facilities.

How do I care for my mask?

It’s a good idea to wash your mask or face covering at least daily. Place your used masks in a bag or bin away from small children or pets until they can be laundered with detergent and dried on a hot cycle. If you need to remove and reuse your mask before washing, consider putting it in a plastic or paper bag (not your backpack or purse) and be mindful not to put the mask where others can touch it or where the mask will contaminate other, shared surfaces. Wash your wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face. Paper-based masks, like those crafted from shop towels, should be discarded after each use.

How do can I make my own mask or face covering?

There are a number of online resources, including the following, with instructions for making homemade masks and face coverings from cloth fabric or paper. You may even be able to use a 3D Printer with open source designs if you have one at home.

CDC DIY Cloth Face Coverings (April 4)

CDC Recommendations for Cloth Face Covers

U.S. Surgeon General How to Make Your Own Face Covering (YouTube)

CDC Cloth Face Covers FAQ

Pennsylvania Department of Public Health Guidance on Homemade Masks during COVID-19

California Department of Public Health

Minnesota Department of Health Interim Guidance on Alternative Facemasks

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Face Coverings FAQ

National Institutes of Health 3D Print Exchange

JOANN Fabric Stores

Easy No-Sew Shop Towel Mask (YouTube)

Coronavirus Tips: How to make a mask without sewing (YouTube)

This guidance was adapted from universal masking guidance available from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health, and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


MARCH 29, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR DE GRAFF:

Dear South Holland Residents and Friends,

This is clearly a very unusual time for all of us. We will never forget Governor Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home order to protect us from COVID-19. As this extraordinary mandate continues to impact our daily lives, on behalf of the Village board and administration, I want to say “Thank you!” Thanks so much for observing the mandates and recommendations from our federal, state and local authorities to maintain social distancing and to keep everyone around us healthy. As a result of our diligence, there’s some good news! Although parts of Cook County are becoming hotspots for Coronavirus, right now there is little evidence of that in the Village of South Holland. This is a clear indication that we, as residents, are doing our part. South Holland is a very safe environment to live in, and it’s because of you.

Now as we approach April and spring has sprung, there is even more reason for optimism and for us to keep this momentum going. With warmer weather and more sunshine in our future, we will want to get outside, and I encourage all of us to do so! As we do, please continue to wash your hands as often as possible, and practice social distancing, remaining at least 6 feet apart from others. Remember too that our parks are open, but the playground equipment is closed.

I assure you that we as a board and administration are staying in close and frequent contact with our federal, state and county authorities. As new information arises, we will make sure we take all necessary steps to keep our community safe.

There are times in our lives where it may be difficult for us to understand the bigger picture, to “see the forest through the trees.” That’s when it’s so important to remember that God is in control and we can take refuge in that knowledge. Let’s continue to pray for God’s intervention. We are all in this together and we will always continue to be South Holland strong.

May God continue to bless each and every one of us as we journey together,

Don A. De Graff
Mayor


MARCH 22, 2020
On Friday, March 20, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced a “stay-at-home” order for all Illinois residents in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. The order went into effect 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 and will remain in effect through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
According to the order, residents may only leave their homes to buy groceries, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, go to an essential job, or take walks outside. Essential services such as grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies will remain open, but all non-essential businesses will be forced to stop operating.
Restaurants are allowed to remain open for pickup, carryout, drive-through and delivery service.
As a result of this order, all Village of South Holland offices will be closed to the public. This includes Village Hall, the Customer Service Center, Public Works office, and the Community Center. Residents may still call 708.210.2900 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm to access Village of South Holland government services, or visit the Village website at southholland.org for information, to pay bills, report concerns or complete Village business.
Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services departments remain fully operational, 24 hours a day, and are completely prepared to handle any and all emergency matters that may arise. The Public Works department will also perform essential services such as street cleaning and road repairs. Garbage collection will continue as scheduled.
All Village parks are open, but residents must meet the social distancing requirement of staying at least six feet from any other person. All playgrounds, however, are closed.
See the full requirements of the governor’s stay-at-home proclamation HERE.
As news of the Coronavirus changes daily, we will likely be posting many updates accordingly. Everyone on our email list will receive the updates as they become available. Sign up for our email list HERE or by texting SOUTHHOLLAND to 22828.

MARCH 20, 2020

Due to the current status of the Coronavirus crisis, the Village of South Holland will suspend service at the Customer Service Center on Saturday, March 21, 2020. It will remain open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

During this time, to help reduce the spread of the virus, residents are encouraged to pay their water bills online at southholland.org, through the U.S. mail, or via the payment drop-box located in the circle drive in front of the Village Hall.

The South Holland Community Center will also be closed Sunday, March 22 and will re-open Monday, March 23 at 6am.


MARCH 19, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR DE GRAFF:

Dear South Holland Residents and Friends,

As you all know, we are living in a time of unprecedented upheaval. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our lives in a very short period of time. This past week, we have seen announcement after announcement about closings, cancellations, precautions, and social distancing measures. The news is coming at us every which way, and after a while it can get discouraging. To that end, I say…

Have faith, my friends. We will endure.

I am confident that the South Holland community will come out of this trial stronger than ever. We must work together, however. If you are healthy, support our local restaurants by ordering takeout whenever possible. Reach out to your elderly or immunocompromised neighbors to help with groceries. While at home with kids, teach them a new life skill they may not have learned at school. These are all ways we can come together and make the very best of this unparalleled situation.

From a Village standpoint, we are taking every precaution to ensure our residents stay safe and healthy. We have implemented social distancing measures by postponing events, limiting contact at our public spaces, and cleaning our equipment, vehicles and workspaces often. Meanwhile, our Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services departments remain fully operational, 24 hours a day, and are completely prepared to handle any and all emergency matters that may arise (though we pray that will not be necessary).

To stay updated on Village announcements regarding COVID-19, text SOUTHHOLLAND to 22828 to receive email updates. We will also post all news at southholland.org/covid19.

Have hope, and pray for God’s intervention. We are South Holland strong, and we are in this together.

God’s blessings to each and every one of you,

Don A. De Graff
Mayor


MARCH 18, 2020

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENT CANCELLED

In order to keep residents safe and healthy, the March 28 Electronic Recycling event has been cancelled. If a new date is rescheduled, we will post it here and on all of the Village’s promotional platforms.


MARCH 16, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE VILLAGE OF SOUTH HOLLAND ADDS PROACTIVE MEASURES

The Village of South Holland is closely monitoring the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because of newly released government mandates and additional cases being reported in Cook County, the Village has implemented the following preventative and social distancing measures:

VILLAGE EVENTS
The following events have been cancelled:

  • March 28 Fire Department Pancake Breakfast (postponed)
  • April 4 New Resident Breakfast (postponed)
  • April 4 Easter Egg Hunt
  • April 4 Coffee with Firefighters

Events organized by Village partners that have been cancelled include:

  • March 26 South Holland Business Association Expo (postponed)
  • All spring concerts for the South Holland Master Chorale

COMMUNITY CENTER
Through April 12, the following entities will be CLOSED at the South Holland Community Center (501 E 170th Street):

  • Gym
  • Pool (this includes open swim and all aquatics classes)
  • Sauna
  • Whirlpool

The following entities will remain OPEN/ACTIVE for the time being:

  • Fitness Center
  • Walking Track
  • Non-Aquatic Programs (i.e. Karate, Pre-school, Sr. Chair Fitness) – You will be notified individually if your class is cancelled. Credits/refunds will be made available for any cancelled classes.

If you have any questions about closures/cancellations, please contact the Community Center at 708.331.2940 or recservices@southholland.org.

POLICE DEPARTMENT
The following events and court dates have been cancelled:

  • March 23 and April 14 Community Policing Meetings
  • March 23 Red Light Court
  • April 13 Ammo and Code Enforcement Court
  • April 15 Citizen’s Police Academy

Our Police and Fire Departments are fully operational, 24 hours a day, and are completely prepared to handle any and all emergency matters that may arise.

PUBLIC WORKS/CODE ENFORCEMENT VISITS
All non-essential Public Works visits and property inspections are canceled until April 13.

CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER
The Customer Service Center (16220 Wausau Avenue) remains open; however, we encourage residents to make payments online whenever possible at southholland.org. Forms and payments (no cash) can also be deposited at the dropbox located on the U-shaped drive at Village Hall.

The administrative offices at Village Hall also remain open.

SOUTH HOLLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
The South Holland Public Library (16250 Wausau Avenue) is closed until further notice. For more information from the library, please visit www.shlibrary.org

As the news of the Coronavirus changes daily, we will likely be posting many updates accordingly. To receive these updates as soon as they become available, sign up for our email list HERE or by texting SOUTHHOLLAND to 22828. We will also post updates at southholland.org/covid19 and on our Facebook page.

For more information on the Coronavirus, visit any of the following websites: