JUNE 2020 EPISODE RECAP:
Starting off, Arlington Alfresco has opened! Located on Vail and Campbell streets in Arlington Heights, Arlington Alfresco provides restaurants and businesses with more seating by utilizing village streets. Reservations are encouraged for those interested in dining at Arlington Alfresco and groups of 6 or less are suggested. For those preferring curbside pickup for shopping and dining, there will now be designated areas in the first floor of the Vail parking garage. Arlington Alfresco will be open daily until 11 pm. Many restaurants and businesses not located in the Alfresco area have also set up outdoor seating arrangements for diners and shoppers. To see the full list of businesses offering outdoor seating near downtown Arlington Heights, visit theahnu.com/news.
The farmers market is back! Starting June 20th from 8am-1pm, vendors will be able to sell you their delicious goods! Located in the commuter parking lot across from the Historical Society, the Arlington Heights Farmers Market is a great place to get fresh, farm grown goods. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there are many new restrictions that have been put in place. They ask all shoppers to wear a face mask or covering, maintain a six foot distance between yourself, vendors, and other customers, pre-order and prepay if possible and allow vendors to handle all goods before you buy. For more information, visit theahnu.com/farmersmarket
The Arlington Heights Park District has been working hard with the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health to reopen some of the many facilities it offers. As of June 10th, many of the park district's facilities have begun reopening. First, Golf operations at Nickol Knoll and Arlington Lakes are open to foursomes at 10 minute intervals. They encourage all golfer’s to book their tee time in advance and limit golf carts to one person only. The Sunset Meadows driving range will operate 50 percent capacity starting Friday, June 12th. Tennis clubs and courts remain open for doubles play, private lessons as well as small group lessons. Pool operations are still on hold, but the park district has begun filling some of the pools. Following the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, the park district has only begun to fill Pioneer and Recreation Park pools and hoping to open Pioneer pool by June 26th and Recreation Park pool by July 1st. Pools will still not hold full capacity and will be limited to exercise purposes only. All parks are open to walkers and joggers but all playgrounds remain closed. The canine commons dog park has reopened and will limit 10 dogs with their owners at a time. Lastly, many of the programs that the Park District normally offers have now begun virtually. For more information, check out the Park District online catalog at ahpd.org for more information.
The Arlington Heights Library has got you covered! Curbside hold pickup for notified customers has begun! Just place a hold on the library’s website and wait for an email notification regarding your pickup! Requests may take up to two weeks due to the high demand during the pandemic. Return bins have also returned on the library’s site. Due dates have been extended until June 26th for items that are able to fit into the bins. Off Site return bins remain closed. For more information visit the library’s website at ahml.info.
Illinois has entered phase 3! The rate of infection among those tested is stable or declining. COVID-19-related hospitalizations and ICU capacity remains are decreasing. Face coverings in public continue to be required. Gatherings of 10 people or fewer for any reason can resume. Select industries can begin returning to workplaces with social distancing and sanitization practices in place. Retail establishments reopen with limited capacity, and select categories of personal care establishments can also begin to reopen with social distancing guidelines and personal protective equipment. Robust testing is available along with contact tracing to limit spread and closely monitor the trend of new cases.
Lastly, protestors march through Arlington Heights on May 31st and June 4th regarding the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.