Berwyn Township

6600 W. 26th Street, , Berwyn, Illinois 60402
(708)788-6600 | | (708)788-0432

Covid-19/Corona Virus Information

It is important for the City of Berwyn's residents to be unified in our response to COVID-19. We ask that you refer to the City of Berwyn's Webpage regarding information during this pandemic. You may also refer to the IDPH Webpage and/or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) Webpage Other links are available here in regards to more information on the Corona Virus (COVID-19)


IDPH COVID-19 Testing Sites can be found here.


Covering Your Face Saves Lives, Yours & Mine. 

Need a face mask? Use the following links to make your own or buy one. 

  • Instructions from the CDC website - Click here. 
  • Instructions for a new sew face mask with video, click here. 
  • Know how to sew but need a template, click here. 
          - Here's another sewing face mask with filter pocket here. 
  • To Buy a face mask, you can shop on ETSY or at Ashley's Homemade Masks 
  • Y.A.Z. Photo & Video Studio are available to sell masks too. Just call 773-550-5829 (6925 W Ogden Ave., Berwyn) 

Excerpt taken from Supplemental Order to Emergency Declaration Due to COVID-19

{Now Therefore, Be it Ordered by the Mayor of the City of Berwyn, Cook County, IL as follows:

Section 1. Face Covering Required. Except as provided in Section 3 of this Order, all persons over the age of two are required to wear a face covering to include their nose and mouth made of cloth or other material that is reasonable designed and made to inhibit, filter, or restrict the breath, sneeze, cough or other exhaling from one's nose and mouth (as further provided and described in Section 4 of this order) while engaging in the following activities:

  • Working in or patronizing Businesses and Operations (as defined in the Governor's Stay at Home Order) that are open to public or when employees have contact with the public, with the public, which businesses include, without limitation, grocery stores, restaurants, hardware and supply stores, financial institutions, laundry services, government functions, construction sites, automotive repair shops, landscaping activities and any home or curbside delivery carriers.
  • Engaging in essential activities such as shopping for necessary supplies and services, seeking medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional.
  • Riding in public transportation, taxis, or ride share vehicles.

Section 2. Refusal of Admission or Service. This Order gives local business owners the right to refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face covering as required by this Order.

Section 3. Exceptions. Section 1 of this Order does not apply in any of the following circumstances:

  • When a person is engaged in an outdoor activity and permissible outdoor physical activity, as defined in the Governor's Stay at Home Order (such as walking, hiking, running or biking), while at the same time practicing social distancing of at least six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence; provided however, that in the event that social distancing cannot be achieved, the requirements of Section 1 shall remain in effect. For the purpose of this Section 3, "member of the same household or residence" shall mean a group of people, whether related or unrelated, who occupy the same dwelling unit on a fulltime basis and utilize common cooking, eating and sanitation facilities.
  • When riding in a personal vehicle.
  • When a person is alone or with members of the same household or residence in a private space that is not open to the general public.

Section 4. Types of Face Coverings. Appropriate face coverings include non-medical grade masks, homemade masks, scarves, bandannas or handkerchiefs.

Section 5. Medical-Grade Masks. Medical-grade masks and N95 respirators are not recommended for general public use under this Order, and should be reserved for use by health care, medical providers and first-responders.

The intent of this order is to further increase the wearing of face coverings when in public to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to protect essential workers and all members of the Berwyn community. Nothing in this Order shall supersede or relieve any person from complying with the social distancing requirements set forth in the Governor's Stay at Home Order.

This Order shall take effect on April 25, 2020 at 8:00 am and run concurrently with the term of the Declaration unless rescinded or superseded by Illinois State Law or Governor's Executive Orders.

Entered upon the records of the City of Berwyn this 23rd day of April, 2020.}

For a full version of this Order please click here. Por espanol clique aqui.

For an english flyer click here. Por espanol clique aqui


The 708 Mental Health Board has help for those in isolation during this difficult time. Click here for access to the 13 locally funded agencies in our community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

There are consistent actions being taken by multiple agencies for prevention & mitigation of exposure:
-Compliance with CDC, WHO, IDPH, State of Illinois and Federal
-Monitor staff and client temperatures
-Postponement/suspension of services and events
- Consolidating services
-Provide isolation spaces
- Attempt virtual classes/meetings
- Telehealth services and communication by multiple agencies

As this crisis unfolds, and this has been a daily evolution, we continue to modify our efforts to maintain updates to and for our residents.


ComEd Taking Steps to Support CustomersCompany suspending service disconnects, providing resources and payment accommodations for those who may have challenges paying their monthly energy bill.

"...ComEd is taking action to help its customers with payment assistance programs and by imposing a moratorium on service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1,..."

Click here for more information.


Nicor GasWants to remind you and our customers of energy assistance options available to support those impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. 

These include: 

  • A moratorium on disconnections until April 30th for residential and commercial customers
  • The Nicor Gas Sharing Program provides one-time grants to qualified residential customers.
  • The Nicor Gas Budget Plan provides a convenient way for customers to plan for and pay their monthly natural gas bill.
  • The Nicor Gas' Energy Efficiency Program helps customers manage their costs by lowering out-of-pocket expenses for energy efficiency improvements through rebates...

Click here for more information.


CEDACOVID-19 Information 
312-795-8948 Information and Referral Helpline

CEDA offers a variety of services to low-income families and individuals throughout the Chicagoland area

Family Support (flyer): 312-795-8948 This program has expanded in order to provide relief to Suburban Cook County communities with additional services. Please see the FsACE flyer for more details.5

  • Water Bill Payments
  • Telephone Bill Payment
  • Child Care for Essential Workers
  • Basic Essentials Assistance
  • Medical Supply & Prescription Costs
  • Emotional Counseling Services
  • Dental & Vision Care Assistance
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Family Support
  • Employment Counseling & Planning
  • Trade Skills Training
  • Family Nutrition Program
  • Scholarships

2020 Scholarship Program
This program offers financial aid ranging from $500-$3,000 for income-eligible residents of suburban Cook County who demonstrate academic achievement, career potential and educational motivation. Please see CEDA's Scholarship Flyer for more information


Legal Aid Chicago - Providing Free Legal Services

Call 312-341-1070 or go to www.legalaidchicago.org

Click here for their flyer.


Berwyn-Cicero Residents Food Pantry Resources

Catholic Charities - 708-222-1491
1400 S Austin Blvd.  Cicero, IL
Monday & Tuesday (9a-2p) Thursday (2p-6p)

TSA: Templo Laramie Pantry - 708-222-0177 ext. 0
2337 Laramie Ave. Cicero
Tuesday (1p-3p)

St. Leonard Church - 708-484-0015
3318 S Clarence Ave. Berwyn, IL
Tuesday (1p-3p)

CBS Cicero-Berwyn-Stickney Food Pantry: Gethsemene Church - 708-863-4913
1937 S. 50th Ave. Cicero, IL
Tuesday (2p-5:30p)

Beyond Hunger Food Pantry: 1st United Church - 708-386-1324
848 Lake St. Oak Park, IL
1st Wednesday of the Month (6p-7:30p)
2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesday (3:30p-5p)
Saturdays (9a-12p)

Ebenezer Christian Ref./New Life Church - 708-795-6480
1300 Harvey Ave.  Berwyn, IL
Friday (5p-7p)

The Pav YMCA for Seniors (age, 60 plus) - 708-749-0606
2947 S. Oak Park Ave. Berwyn, IL. Call for Times, please fill out this form for the Shelf Stable Meal Distribution and Senior Choice Market

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital Veterans Food Pantry - 773-247-3663
5000 5th Ave, Hines, IL 60141 (Auditorium Lobby - Building 9)
Every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Veterans can access the food pantry once per month. Veterans will be asked to provide identification (examples include: VA ID card, DD214 & photo ID, VA appoointment slip & photo ID)


What is the General Assistance Program?

General Assistance (GA) is a locally administered public assistance program mandated by IL State Law for qualified individuals with financial needs. In accordance with the adopted written standards, GA can provide monthly payments to help individuals meet their basic needs. Interested individuals can apply to the Berwyn Township's General Assistance Department. An applicant must be a resident of Berwyn Township, age 18 or older, and a United States Citizen or Qualified Immigrant. In addition, an applicant must meet all financial and non-financial eligibility requirements. General Assistance is considered to be the program of last resort.

**In an effort to follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), The Township will suspend all in-person appointments and instead will be conducting all appointments via phone or an alternate form of appropriate contact.
To receive an application, or if you have general questions regarding this program, please contact our offices at: (708) 788-6600.

 

Families with children requiring financial assistance should contact the local DHS office to apply for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Medical Assistance, as well as for Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program.

If you recently lost your job, we recommend applying for Unemployment Benefits and Food Stamps or (SNAP benefits).

Disabled individuals that are not receiving other governmental assistance should contact the Social Security Administration at:

If you experiencing housing (rent/mortgage) problems:


To apply for General Assistance:

  • Request, complete and submit an application:
    • Berwyn Township, 6600 W. 26th Street, Berwyn, IL 60402. (708-788-6600).
  • Adhere to the General Assistance rules of participation.
  • Meet specific financial and non-financial requirements under the G.A. program guidelines.
  • Submit all the documents needed to begin your application process to determine eligibility.
  • Be willing to be cooperative with the G.A. department, actively search for work opportunities, accept a work offer and engage in community service activities.

Blood Donations Needed

American Red Cross: In Coordination with the U.S. Food and drug Administration (FDA), the Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from the new Coronavirus to sign up to donate plasma to help current COVID-19 patients. Patients who have fully recovered following a COVID-19 diagnosis may have antibodies in their plasma that can help those with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections

Heartland Blood Centers - Versiti: Convalescent plasma donations through Versiti Blood Center to treat COVID-19 patients. 
Versiti is collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to help treat others diagnosed with the virus. This blood-related treatment - approved by the FDA as an Emergency Investigational New Drug (EIND) -could offer hope to the hundreds of patients who continue to be diagnosed. This treatment would be used by hospitals for the most severely affected patients.


Pet Resources - Our pets are family too

VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital: Emergency Pet Care 708-749-4200 or come in 2845 S Harlem Ave., Berwyn IL 60402

Live Chat for VCA CareClub members can chat with a veterinarian anytime, day or night, 24/7. Live Chat service available on the myVCA app.

Home Delivery Service: Medications & prescription refills, as well as food and treats. These items can be ordered through the myVCA Online Store or the myVCA app. Free standard shipping will be available until April 30th.

Tree House: Humane Society

Pet Food Assistance for Cats - Provides free, supplemental cat food and supplies when available. Individuals must be approved by Tree House to receive assistance. Contact: info@treehouseanimals.org or call 773-262-4000 ext. 101

To Apply for Assistance:

  • Provide proof of government assistance (can include award letters for Social Security, Unemployment, Disability Letter or Medical Cards, etc)
  • Provide photo ID - required to be approved
  • All animals belonging to client must be spayed or neutered (clients must provide verification such as from a veterinarian, clinic, or medical cards, etc.)

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter:

Blessed Bonds (Crisis Assistance) - Call the shelter at 630-355-2299 for info. Fill out this application and email to blessedbonds@adoptpetshelter.org or fax 630-800-2194

Gather copies of your pet's veterinary records (or make sure your vet is available to send them, if needed). Pets should be up to date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered prior to entering the program. If you need help getting you pet up-to-date or spayed/neutered, please indicate this when submitting your application.

Foster Program - As a temporary foster parent, you get to pick what type of pet you would like to foster as well as the frequency and amount of time you are able to give. Remember that the more foster homes the more animals can be saved! Click here to find out more about becoming a foster home or complete an application.



The following posts are messages from Berwyn to Berwyn Residents and Businesses

 

What can I do to prevent COVID-19 from spreading at my worksite?

  • All workers should wear a mask at all times in congregate settings, when working with others, or when social distancing is not feasible. *If disposable masks are unavailable, cloth face coverings may be used. See these CDC guidelines on how to create a cloth face covering
  • All staff should STAY HOME if sick.
  • Restrict, as described above, employees if they have a family/household member who is a confirmed or resumed positive (exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms) case for COVID-19.
  • Staff should wash their hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching shared surfaces.
  • Staff should practice social distancing and remain at leas six feet apart.
  • Do not allow gatherings of more than 10 people. Use virtual meetings whenever possible.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (temperature above 100.4 degrees F)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • New loss of sense of smell/taste
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache

Source: CDC.gov

*FOR UPDATES ON COVID-19 PLEASE VISIT THE CITY OF BERWYN WEBSITE - WWW.BERWYN-IL.GOV

For further information or questions regarding best practices of SAFELY operating your Berwyn business after learning of a positive case, please contact:

Berwyn Public Health District @ 708-788-6600

Cook County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline - 708-633-3319

This message along with other pertinent information has been given to Berwyn Businesses. Click here to see this information in its entirety


Governor Pritzker's executive emergency order stating that all table service and bar service prohibited has currently been extended.

We need YOUR continued support to keep our community safe. It is critical that we "flatten the curve" to reduce the spread of infection from COVID-19.

Newly Revised window signs will be posted until this ban is over.

The guidelines have NOT changed. They are outlined below, simply as a reminder. Food pick-up and delivery service is still allowed. However, customers may NOT enter the food establishment to pick up their order.

  • Food servers must deliver the food at a window or may deliver the food to customers waiting in their vehicles.
  • The managers should devise a system to advise customers about pick-up times available.
  • Violators will be dealt with in the following ways:
    • If an establishment is found to be letting customers in to pick up or eat food, then the Health District or other authorized department of the City of Berwyn will CONFISCATE THE ESTABLISHMENT'S BUSINESS LICENSE IMMEDIATELY.
    • If the establishment continues to serve food without a license and in violation of the ban, then fees and fines will be imposed with possible revocation of the business license in the future.
  • Establishments should watch the City of Berwyn website at www.berwyn-il.gov the Berwyn Development Corporation website at www.berwyn.net for further notices and updates on the status of the ban

If you have additional questions or concerns, the Health District can be reached at 708-788-6600

For a copy of the State's Executive Order please see our Downloads section.

For a copy of a revised Letter issued to Restaurants, click here for english or Haga clic aquí para español

Please stay safe during these difficult times.


The Following is a message from the City of Berwyn: March 12, 2020

The City of Berwyn is actively monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued interim guidance for businesses and employers in non-healthcare settings. This guidance is designed to help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, and provides planning considerations if there are more widespread community outbreaks of COVID-19.

Local businesses are encouraged to implement CDC's strategies for employers:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home: Those with symptoms, at risk of exposure to contracting COVID-19. Employers should be aware that more employees may need o stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.
  • Separate sick employees: CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or into an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees: Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other areas where they are likely to be seen. Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for the use by employees. Instruct employees to wash hands often iwth alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing 60-95% alcohol) or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and sanitizer are to be provided in the workplace. 
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning: Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace. Use cleaning agents by their stated directions. No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time. Provide disposable wipes so commonly used surfaces can be wiped down by employees before each use.

Info can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html 

To see this message in it's entirety click here for page 1, 2, 3. 


Illinois Department of Employment Security - Federal Stimulus Package Unemployment Benefits (3/31/2020)

The federal government recently enacted legislation to address the dramatic economic crisis brought on by COVID-19, including an unemployment benefits expansion. While this will financially help unemployed Illinoisans in the months to come not everyone will be eligible for all benefits contained in the package, and some benefits will not begin immediately.

Please do not call to inquire about these new federal programs. Further details about the new federal programs and how to apply will be made available once they have been finalized. 

To Read the rest of the information provided please click here.

For more information visit the IDES website.