The Kane County Health Department is reminding residents to renew efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. In a Sept. 17 news release, the county is seeing high test positivity and case rates as a reason for the public to get back to the basics: wear your mask, watch your distance and wash your hands.
People should also avoid large gatherings and stay home when they are ill, according to health experts.
The Kane County Health Department has created an online dashboard detailing the number of confirmed coronavirus cases broken down by municipality among other categories.
Restore Illinois - Phase 4
The northeast Chicago region moved to Phase 4 of the Governor’s "Restore Illinois" plan on June 26. On July 15, the Governor announced potential mitigation steps may be enacted if certain health metrics are reached in Illinois.
Starting Aug. 26, people must wear a face covering while interacting with restaurant/ bar wait staff, food service workers and other employees for indoor/outdoor dining, per new State guidelines.
Phase 4 guidelines include additional businesses reopening and increased capacities for the existing categories from Phase 3. See the COVID-19 Resources for Geneva Businesses section for more details.
The Kane County Health Department will be augmenting its ability to respond to resident concerns about businesses that may not be taking steps to protect customers and employees. People can report their concerns by calling 630-208-3801 or emailing the county. The Health Department is working with the Kane County Sheriff's Office and Kane County State's Attorney's Office to investigate and enforce violations.
City Offices Open
As part of the Phase 4 "Restore Illinois" plan, Geneva City buildings have reopened to the public. The public, however, is strongly encouraged to continue conducting City business by alternate means whenever possible.
All visitors are required to wear a face covering and complete a screening questionnaire prior to admittance to any City building. The public visiting hours can be found in the City’s summer newsletter.
The City recommends calling in advance of visiting any City building to determine if their business may be accomplished over the phone, email, online, U.S. Mail, or through the City’s utility bill payment drop boxes. People can report non-emergency concerns and find a City staff directory online.
For power outages taking place after-hours or on weekends, call the Geneva Police Department non-emergency number at 630-232-4736. The Records Division will then dispatch the appropriate Public Works Department personnel.
Building Permits/Development Applications
The City’s Community Development Department continues to expand services to review permits and development applications. The City’s Building Division increased its hours of operation and also introduced remote virtual inspections for some projects. Please review the department’s submission requirements. Questions can be directed to the City’s Building Division at 630-262-0280.
Commuter Parking/Train Depot Closed
The City announced daily fee parking in the City’s Third Street Commuter Parking Deck and downtown commuter parking lots will be free until further notice. change. Read the City Council's August resolution for more information, including details on quarterly permit parking.
Union Pacific has closed Geneva’s Metra station effective March 27 until further notice. Signage was posted at the train depot.
The Geneva French Market opened for the season June 7 with modifications to follow Illinois’ health guidelines. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through mid-November at Fourth and South streets.
- Swedish Days - June 25-28
- RiverPark Summer Concert Series - City news release
- Shakespeare In The Park at Island Park - Find out how to watch the virtual performance
- Classic Car Shows - Geneva Chamber of Commerce website
- Geneva Arts Fair - Geneva Chamber of Commerce news release
- Rescheduled Citywide Garage Sale has been canceled; Geneva Chamber of Commerce news release
- Concours d’Elegance car show - Event organizer news release
- Fox Valley Folk & Storytelling Festival, Sept. 6-7
- Festival of the Vine, Sept. 11-13 - Geneva Chamber of Commerce's Sip & Sample Event
- Geneva Downtown Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event, Oct. 29
- Geneva Holiday House Tour, Dec. 4-5 - Geneva Chamber of Commerce's news release
- Steeple Walk, Dec. 6
Fire Department Food Donations
To keep first-responders safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Geneva Fire Department is no longer able to accept homemade food donations from residents. Firefighters appreciate the community’s generosity but hate to see good food go to waste. The department would prefer people to support Geneva’s merchants and restaurants who can remain open per the state. The Fire Department’s temporary food policy restrictions are available to view online.
All of the City’s refuse and recycling programs have returned to back to normal service levels as of June 1.
Kane County has reopened its electronics recycling drop-off site in Batavia and will conduct monthly recycling events starting in June.
In-person meetings for the Geneva City Council and other advisory boards have resumed in compliance with the state’s Phase 4 guidelines. Individuals planning to attend a meeting will be required to wear a face covering and complete a screening questionnaire prior to gaining admittance to the meeting. Meeting agendas will list any additional special instructions/protocols that may be in effect for that particular meeting.
The City also has developed guidelines on how to provide public comment before a meeting via email or in-person at the meeting.
Check the City’s meeting calendar and Agenda Center for upcoming meeting dates.
Park District Closures
Please visit the Geneva Park District’s website for the latest recreational updates and available facilities.
Public Works PSAs
Disinfecting wipes, regular wipes, baby wipes, paper towels and like items are not to be flushed down the toilet. Around the country, sewer systems are getting clogged and causing major problems. These wipes must be disposed of in the garbage because they do not break down in the sewer system. Let us all work together to make sure the City’s municipal service continues to operate.
Businesses that have been closed for an extended period due to the pandemic should make sure to freshen up their water systems before restarting their operations. With little or no water running through building water pipes and fixtures, Legionella is more likely to proliferate. Stagnant water conditions can result in discolored water, lower chlorine levels and higher concentrations of lead and copper. The American Water Works Associations have some helpful tips for office buildings, hotels, daycare facilities and other buildings that plan to reopen soon.
For residents needing emotional support related to the coronavirus pandemic, the State of Illinois has established a free Call4Calm mental health hotline.
The City’s Mental Health Board is highlighting the NAMI’s resource guide, NAMI flyers, and other tips to Geneva residents to support mental health while our community adjusts to physical distancing and staying at home, perhaps more isolating than many are used to in their daily lives. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has developed a list of resources for residents, consumers and Illinois licensees impacted by COVID-19.
Unemployed as a result of the pandemic? Check out the State's "Get Hired" opportunities.
For housing resources, the State announced rental and mortgage financial assistance programs are available to the public.
The City’s Finance Department has reopened as part of Phase 4, but the public is strongly encouraged to continue conducting City business by alternate means whenever possible. All visitors are required to wear a face covering and complete a screening questionnaire prior to admittance to the Finance Department. Public hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday with the first hour being dedicated to senior citizens or vulnerable residents.
Residents can pay bills online, call the Finance Department at 630-232-0854, or use U.S. Mail or utilizing one of the City’s dropboxes (please no cash).
The City also is voluntarily suspending disconnections for customers who cannot pay and waiving new late payment charges until further notice.
The Public Works Department is once again reading meters for customers who do not have electronic (ERT) devices that automatically transmit data to the City, as long as the meter is outside and accessible. For meters that are not accessible, the City may be providing estimated reads that will be reflected in monthly utility bills.
On June 14, the Geneva City Council voted to approve an economic measure to help residents who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. The City will be suspending the 5% Municipal Utility Tax for water on customers’ monthly utility bills from July 15 through Dec. 14, 2020.
Last Updated: Sept. 18, 2020
Across The Region
The City continues to monitor the latest Coronavirus updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Kane County Health Department. People are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines, wear coverings and abide by occupancy limits.
Even with the spread of the virus locally and across the country, health experts are asking the public to stay calm and educate themselves about the facts. In that effort, the City has highlighted resources from the three health agencies.
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
To protect the health and safety of physicians, nurses, staff and patients, temporary ‘tent-like’ structures have been constructed at many Northwestern Medicine hospitals, including Delnor Hospital in Geneva. The structures, next to a hospital emergency department, provide the necessary temporary space to expeditiously and safely screen patients prior to entering the Emergency Department. A second structure on the hospital campus provides the capability for remote COVID-19 testing. These sites are intended for patients appropriately assessed and referred by a Northwestern Medicine physician. These sites are not intended for walk-ups or non-referred patients.
Individuals who are concerned that they may have COVID-19 should call their physician’s office first before visiting to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Northwestern Medicine has a hotline for COVID-19 questions at 312-472-6843. Updated information regarding COVID-19 can also be found on Northwestern Medicine’s website.
The following are ways to support Delnor Hospital and staff:
|Individual monetary donations ||Corporate donations |
|Supply donations ||Non-supply donations (including meals for staff)|