MANHATTAN, IL — Following an increase in coronavirus cases across the region, Manhattan village officials announced Friday plans to close the lobbies of the police department and village hall to visitors beginning Monday.
"The Village of Manhattan government wants to assure our residents the village officials and staff are taking the necessary steps to continue providing service for our community," village officials said via social media. "Thank you for your cooperation during this process."
State health officials on Friday reported 15,415 new cases of the coronavirus. The new number shatters the previous record of 12,702 new cases set Thursday, which in turn broke the record set Wednesday, which broke the record set Tuesday. The state has now reported more than 12,000 new cases for the fourth day in a row, and the spike shows no sign of abating.
All but six of Illinois' 102 counties are now at a "warning level" for a surge in coronavirus cases—that includes Will County.
In Manhattan, village board meetings will continue to be open to the public while following the current health and safety guidelines for COVID-19.
Village officials are asking residents to call or email the village for assistance. The village may be reached at 815-418-2100 and police administrative offices at 815-478-4408. Residents can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Village employees will continue to report to work to ensure that they can continue providing services to the community.
The Village has continued to remove all fees associated with online payments. According to village officials, payments can be made online at www.villageofmanhattan.org. For residents unable to pay online, they can utilize the village's payment box in the parking lot of the village hall.