Town of Normal OrderAugust 28, 2020
A message from President Keith Cornille
As we’ve embarked on this academic year the community has also had to deal with a surge of COVID-19 cases in the area.
Many of the new cases being reported by the local health departments have been tied to individuals who have attended large private gatherings and close proximity gathering in bars and restaurants.
Although we have seen an increase in these type of cases in Livingston, Logan, and McLean counties, I wanted to pass on information regarding actions being taken in the Town of Normal regarding large gatherings.
Effective this evening at 5:00pm and over the weekend, the Town of Normal will be enforcing two new emergency orders to deter the type of higher risk behavior that has contributed to the spread of COVID-19.
- To deter large gatherings at apartment complexes the Town will be enforcing parking rules that limit the number of cars at an apartment complex. They will also be limiting the size of parties held indoors and outdoors. This will include much private apartment housing in Normal where Heartland students live. There will be stiff fines and other penalties for those violating these orders.
- Town of Normal bars and restaurants will limit patronage to only seated service. Patrons at these establishments will be expected to remain in their seats and wear masks when not seated.
I’d like to remind everyone that even as we see an increase of mandates and ordinance enforcement by state and local governments, that being safe and healthy starts with our individual actions; no matter what the rules may be.
Be smart and safe: The more people you are around, the greater the chance of exposure to COVID-19. Many local cases have been traced to parties, cookouts, and other group gatherings. The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with and spreading COVID-19. The highest risk gatherings are when attendees travel from outside the local area.
Being educated on the CDC safety practices for gatherings of any size will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Be considerate: The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to limit the time and distance of exposure to others outside your household, always wear a face mask when in public places, wash hands regularly, and avoid large crowds/gatherings.
There are always a few hurdles on the path to achieving academic goals. Although combating the spread of the COVID-19 virus isn’t a task we’d expected a year ago, I know that with some precautions, we can move forward and take the next step toward graduation and beyond.
Be safe. Be well. Study hard.
President, Heartland Community College
Written by: Steve Fast