Virus outbreak prompts Macomb to restrict access to city hall

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — The City of Macomb is taking added precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Mayor Mike Inman announced access to Macomb City Hall is restricted until further notice.

Inman said the doors of the building will have signs indicating how to get in contact with a city worker. He said in order to gain entry into the building, a screening process will be in place with a staff member over the phone.

Inman said bill payments can be dropped off on the north side of city hall’s parking lot. He said a large orange cone will be located near the drop box for people to find easily. There is also expected to be additional payment pick-ups throughout the day and overnight. Residents can also pay bills on the city’s website by clicking here. Inman said due to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s emergency declaration, the city will waive late fees during this time.

“For many years, our first responders and our entire city government has been practicing for events that we’re now fully engaged in,” Inman said. “I have a great deal on confidence in the health department, school district and our partners at McDonough District Hospital, that we are moving forward in a very professional and efficient way. I would encourage folks; I understand this has created a great deal of anxiety and we want remind folks that we are putting into practice what we have been practicing for years. We ask for their patience and tolerance.”

Inman said city staff and other surrounding community leaders met with county health officials Monday to discuss updates surrounding the outbreak.

“We ask that folks in the community be fully aware and engaged in conversation with their friends,” Inman said. “We’ll have further information about our outreach to the community to make sure the information they receive is consistent and timely.”

Inman said signage around the downtown Macomb square will be posted near businesses about curbside pick-up being available while restaurants and bars are prohibited from allowing dine-in service.

The next two council meetings scheduled for March 23 and March 30 are canceled. The Vietnam Veterans Day reception in Macomb is also canceled.

The reception was scheduled for Friday, March 27 at 9 a.m. inside city hall. Currently, there is no word on if the reception will be rescheduled.