April 30, 2020
Dear Business Owner:
The global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting our businesses, families, community, and our way of life. During this time, the Village of Melrose Park (the “Village’) remains focused on your well-being as a valued business owner/operator and the welfare and health of our residents.
We are facing a truly unprecedented situation and all need to take proactive measures to help keep our businesses, employees and residents as safe as possible. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Village Board passed Ordinance # 2318. The Ordinance requires the following in accordance with CDC guidelines:
● All employees and visitors of any Essential Businesses (as defined in the Ordinance and such as, grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations) shall wear a face covering, in the manner recommended by the CDC, while on the premises.
● Essential Businesses and/or employers must provide, at their expense face coverings for all employees working in the establishment.
● Essential Businesses shall conspicuously post a notice stating the requirement for employees and visitors to wear a mask or cloth face covering while on the premises. Essential Businesses are required to enforce the Ordinance with respect to its own employees. As for visitors on the premises, the notice shall make visitors aware that they are in violation of this Ordinance if they are not wearing a mask or cloth face covering. If a visitor of an Essential Business refuses to leave the premises or comply with the Ordinance to wear a mask or cloth face covering, the Essential Business shall notify the Village's Police Department.
● All Essential Businesses are required to sanitize high-touch areas including restrooms, break rooms, equipment, and machinery.
● All Essential Businesses shall be required to enforce the 6-foot social distancing requirement.
● Nothing in the policy stated in the Ordinance shall prevent employees or visitors from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other more-protective face covering if the individual already possesses such equipment, or if the Essential Business is otherwise required to provide such employee with more-protective equipment due to the nature of the work involved.
● Failure to comply with this directive shall result in a citation and a fine. A second offense for non-compliance may result in the revocation of the business license.
These are challenging times and it takes all of us working together to get through this. We are committed to work with you.
Thank you for all of your help. Stay safe.
Mayor Ronald M. Serpico, Sr.