Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Covid-19 Village Preparedness

Coronavirus Update

Lake County has released a Coronavirus Data Hub to centralize data related to COVID-19 in Lake County. To access the data hub please click here or visit the Lake County website available at

As part of the Northeast region, Lake County is in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan. The new ’Community Recovery Order’ continues with previously outlined guidelines, limiting gatherings to groups of 10 people or less, requiring face coverings and/or social distancing in public, and reopening many businesses with precautions to keep employees and customers safe.

Additional businesses are now able to open following state safety guidelines, and small gatherings will be permitted while social distancing and using a face covering.

The State of Illinois has developed guidelines and toolkits to prepare businesses and employers to implement new safety guidelines and bring many residents back to work. Toolkits include business guidelines, checklists, posters, signage, and social media graphics.

Some of the key changes include:

  • Travel: Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance
  • Health care: All health care providers are open with DPH approved safety guidance
  • Education and child care: Remote learning in P-12 schools and higher education; Limited child care and summer programs open with IDPH approved safety guidance
  • Outdoor recreation: State parks open; Activities permitted in groups of 10 or fewer with social distancing
  • Dining: Please see the recommended guidelines here 

While certain businesses have begun reopening, many individuals who are older, at higher risk, or ill continue to stay home. Be a neighbor— reach out to those who are isolated during this time.

What to do if you are sick

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.

If you are experiencing symptoms please call your doctor! Do not walk into a healthcare facility, urgent care clinic, or hospital before calling. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If your doctor believes that you need to be tested for COVID-19, your doctor should call the Lake County Health Department Communicable Disease program to arrange for you to be assessed.

Stay at Home Order 

Governor Pritzker has issued a “Stay at Home” order for the state of Illinois to minimize the spread of Coronavirus to ensure our healthcare system can provide patients with the best care possible. The order took effect Saturday, March 21st at 5:00 p.m. The Stay at Home Order was extended, with some modifications, through May 30th.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, gas stations, banks, carry out and drive-thru restaurants, and laundromats remain open. You may still hike, go for a run, and walk your dog. Please continue to practice social distancing when partaking in these activities at all times. 

Beginning on May 1, individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask. Additional changes starting May 1st include:

Wearing Masks

  • Individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.

New Essential Businesses

  • Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses. These stores must follow social distancing requirements and must require that employees and customers wear a face covering.
  • Animal grooming services may also re-open.

Changes for Retail Stores

  • Retail stores not designated as non-essential businesses and operations may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.

Golf Courses

  • Golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and when ensuring that social distancing is followed

State Parks, Outdoor Recreation

  • State parks will begin a phased re-opening under guidance from the Department of Natural Resources.
  • Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted.

We ask all residents of Hawthorn Woods to comply with these orders for the well-being of yourself and those in our community.

What Does This Stay at Home Order Mean?

The State’s order for Illinois residents to stay home took effect March 21 at 5 p.m. This critical intervention to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is intended to keep the public safe, contain the spread of the virus, and provide relief to the healthcare system. Moving right now to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering is the best way to fight the virus and save lives.

To ensure the protection of all residents during this unprecedented public health challenge, the State’s orders require all residents to stay at home. This means that you will no longer be able to engage in public or private group activities, participate in social activities at bars or nightclubs, or take unnecessary trips. The order also closes non-essential businesses from any activity except minimum basic operations, which includes activities to preserve inventory, process payroll, or facilitate working from home.

With the order in place, you can still fulfill all of your essential needs, including traveling to obtain necessary supplies like food, pet supplies, medicine, or take-out food, as well as attending medical or mental health appointments. The order does not interfere with the operation of essential businesses. Hospitals, banks, grocery stores, utility companies, and home-based care services for seniors and people with disabilities will remain open to ensure all residents, including the most vulnerable populations, will have continued access to care and essential services.

We know that a lot of questions still remain. You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions on this stay-at-home order below:

Reopening Illinois During Coronavirus

On May 5th, 2020 Governor Pritzker announced Restore Illinois. This is the plan to safely reopen the state of Illinois. Hawthorn Woods is located in the northeast region of this 5-phase plan. As of May 5th, 2020, we are in phase 2 of the plan. Click here to read more about the Restore Illinois plan.


The Coronavirus is a global pandemic, Village personnel are in communication with the Lake County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health, in addition to area partner agencies, to prepare for the possibility of our area becoming significantly affected. The Village is monitoring developments and working in coordination to share resources and expertise should local cases be reported.

Minimize the Spread

There are steps individuals can take to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread. The Village is recommending following the 3 C’s - Clean, Cover, Contain.


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.


  • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.


  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Resources for Information

Who to contact if you have general questions

Please call the Illinois COVID-19 hotline via phone 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.

Travel Information

The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to the virus. Current CDC travel recommendations include avoiding all nonessential travel abroad and deferring all cruise ship travel worldwide. Cruise ship passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

Sustained community spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally. Some countries have widespread sustained spread.

Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease. These groups should consider postponing nonessential travel and avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships.

Basic tips for travelers include:

  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel.
  • Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care.