Unique Memorial Day Weekend Minus Large Gatherings

Eric DeGrechie

DEERFIELD, IL — It promises to be a Memorial Day weekend like no other with the State of Illinois still under Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic. Traditionally, large gatherings at public events like parades and fireworks shows are a big part of the holiday. That will not be the case this year as all are cancelled, but municipalities like Deerfield will be proactive in making sure people follow the rules and stay safe.

We will continue to enforce the Governor’s stay-at-home order," Mayor Harriet Rosenthal told Patch. "Our residents have been very compliant, and we have no reason to believe Memorial Day will be any different."

With the state expected to move into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan on May 29, some rules with regard to people congregating will be eased. Gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed with social distancing practices still encouraged.

"In the next phase, really any group of 10 people can do it but again, it's the idea here is to make sure that we have — you know, safety is the uppermost concept in people's minds when they're getting together wear a face covering, keep social distance from one another, you know, and outside is always the best circumstance," Pritzker said Thursday.

Rosenthal also noted that along with Mary Blackenshp, Deerfield American Legion Post 738 commander, she will be sending recorded messages to Deerfield residents.

"The only advice I have for Memorial Day is for everyone to take some time to reflect on what the day is about, and remember those who gave their lives for our country," Rosenthal said.

This article originally appeared on the Deerfield Patch