Cancellations and Temporary Closures
Temporary closures, modified business hours, and large event cancelations will be posted here. If you have a closure or event cancelation you would like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Services and Transportation
Peoria City/County Health Department
The Peoria City/County Health Department is providing emergency response and community guidance during the COVID-19 event. The building at 2116 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, will be closed Tuesday March 17, 2020 until April 1, 2020 at which point we will reassess the closure to the general public. Services impacted include the Dental Clinic, WIC, Clinical Services, Vital Records, Lead Hazard Control Program, Environmental Health, and Community Meetings and Events. For full details on affected services during the Health Department’s closure, view a complete press release from the Health Department here.
Tazewell County Health Department
- Tazewell County Health Department WIC Changes - Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, the Tazewell County Health Department Women, Infant & Children(WIC) program is activating a plan to help contain the COVID-19 virus and protect our WIC families and staff. All WIC participants are encouraged to call the WIC office at 309-929-0320 to complete program requirements over the phone. WIC coupons may be picked up curbside with prior arrangement with WIC staff. A full press release from the Tazewell County Health Department with additional details can be found here.
Peoria Police Department
In observance of social distancing and slowing the spread of COVID-19 throughout our nation, state, and community, effective immediately, the Peoria Police Department will suspend lobby services for certain requests. Additionally, the visitor parking lot on Walnut St. will now serve as the safe location for the exchange of goods from online transactions. Complete details can be found in this full press release from the Peoria Police Department.
Peoria County Courthouse
The Peoria County Courthouse is closed to the public through at least April 7. Certain court-related matters may still be taking place via teleconferencing. Anyone with a previously scheduled hearing or court-related matter should contact their attorney for additional information. An Administrative Order from Chief Judge Paul Gilfillan can be be found here.
The 10th circuit suspends all jury trails through April. In this Circuit’s continuing effort to combat the Covid-19 virus, the 10th Circuit announces today that all jury trials, civil and criminal, are suspended through April 2020. See Administrative Order 2020 – 08. This applies to Peoria, Tazewell, Marshall, Putnam and Stark Counties. The Circuit has already reduced its operations and access to its courthouses, circuit-wide. The Supreme Court has approved such action and allowed speedy trial timelines to be adjusted accordingly. More information can be found here.
City of East Peoria
City of East Peoria facilities are temporarily closing to the public starting at 5:00 p.m. on March 20 through April 7. During this time, the East Peoria Police and Fire Departments will continue providing essential services, and the City of East Peoria Public Works will continue picking up garbage and recycling. A full press release from the City of East Peoria can be found here.
Due to this afternoon’s announcement from the Illinois Governor’s Office of a statewide stay at home order to help contain the spread of coronavirus in the state, City of East Peoria facilities are temporarily closing to the public starting at 5 p.m. today, March 20 through April 7. During this time the East Peoria Police and Fire departments will continue providing essential services and Public Works will continue picking up garbage and recycling.
Woodford County Courthouse
In an effort to protect our staff and the citizens of Woodford County during the COVIS-19 pandemic, the Woodford County Courthouse will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 23 until further notice. A press release from the Woodford County Board can be found here.
Greater Peoria Mass Transit District/CityLink
March 18, 2020 CityLink is reducing fixed route bus service on all routes effective March 19, 2020. Weekday and weekend service will remain the same for lineups departing the Transit Center; however, the last lineup to leave the Transit Center will now depart at 8:45 p.m. on all routes. The Transit Center lobby (407 SW Adams) will be closed to the public after the 5:15 p.m. lineup effective March 18, 2020 until further notice. The full press release can be found here.
March 16, 2020 - Greater Peoria Mass Transit District is suspending fare collection on all transportation services beginning March 17 through April 1. This includes CityLink fixed route bus service, CityLift paratransit service and CountyLink rural transportation service. As of right now, the anticipated date on which passengers will be required to pay a fare is April 1, 2020. All customer service windows have also been closed at CityLink Transit Center. Additional details can be found on the CityLink website.
CityLink will continue to monitor this situation, and encourages passengers to check www.ridecitylink.org and CityLink social media pages (Facebook - www.facebook.com/citylinkpeoria; Twitter – www.twitter.com/citylinkpeoria) daily for updates.
Peoria County Supervisor of Assessments
Effective March 13, 2020, the Supervisor of Assessments Office of Peoria County will not require individuals already receiving specified homestead exemptions to renew their applications for 2020. The office will automatically install these exemptions for individuals who received them in 2019. A complete press release from Peoria County Supervisor of Assessments, Dave Ryan, can be found here.
If you have questions regarding exemptions or renewals, or concerns with traveling to the Supervisor of Assessments Office at the Peoria County Courthouse as a result of the COVID-19 situation, , you can contact their office at (309) 672-6910.
Tazewell County Circuit Clerk
In accordance with Chief Judge Paul P. Gilfillan’s administrative order restricting access to the Tazewell County Courthouse, the Tazewell County Circuit Clerk’s office will suspend in-person payments effective Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. A full press release from the Tazewell County Circuit Clerk’s Office can be found here.
Peoria Public Library
Peoria Public Library is taking the unprecedented step of closing to the public starting Monday, March 16 and lasting through at least March 30, due to growing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Additional information regarding Peoria Public Library’s closure can be found on their website.
Peoria Heights Public Library
The Peoria Heights Public Library will close at 5pm on March 16, 2020 and will remain closed until April 1, 2020. Please do not return your items. Due dates will be extended for all and bookdrops will be locked. Patrons will be held responsible for any items left outside the library. Peoria Heights Public Library will remain a polling place for the March 17, 2020 primary. Additional information can be found on the PHPL website.
Dunlap Fire Department
From the Dunlap Fire Department Facebook Page: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dunlap Fire Department will be closed to all non-essential personnel and deliveries. The Dunlap fire department will be staffed from 07:30 to 15:30 Monday through Friday. All public events and outside training are suspended until further notice. This change is part of our effort to keep our crews safe, the fire department operating at capacity, and fulfilling our mission to the community. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Tazewell County - McKenzie Building
In an effort protect staff and the citizens of Tazewell County during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Tazewell County McKenzie Building located at 11 S. Fourth Street will be closed to the public effective immediately until further notice. A full press release from the Tazewell County Board can be found here.
City of East Peoria - City Hall
An online building permit application is now available to assist contractors with construction projects while East Peoria City Hall is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 emergency. The online application is available at www.cityofeastpeoria.com/200/Building-Permit-Application-Brochures. A full press release from the City of East Peoria with additional details can be found here.
Peoria International Airport
PIA and Mt. Hawley Airport remain open for business are closely monitoring the situation with the airlines and governmental agencies in this changing environment to maintain service to the community. For full details please refer to the website here.
Illinois Secretary of State and Driver Services Facilities
- Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing that all offices, including Driver Services facilities statewide, will be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 virus and the health and safety recommendations by experts endorsing social distancing efforts. The closures will take effect March 17 through March 31. A full press release from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office can be found here.
- Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced this morning that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline to October 1, 2021. This one-year extension is due to the circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration.
Peoria County Animal Protection Services
Peoria County Animal Protective Services (PCAPS) has staff available to answer phones and assist the public during Peoria County’s COVID-19 closures. The PCAPS building is currently closed to the public, but staff are on hand and available to find work-arounds on a case by case basis while also practicing social distancing. Business hours continue to be 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m Monday through Saturday. If you have any questions, please call PCAPS at (309) 672-2440. You can also visit their website here.
OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center and OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois are implementing a strict NO VISITOR policy in response to the Governor’s directive to shelter in place. The changes are effective at 5 p.m. Saturday, with a few exceptions:
- One visitor will be allowed for pediatric patients
- One visitor will be allowed for childbirth
- Exceptions will be made for end-of-life situations
A full press release from OSF Healthcare can be found here. Additional information and alerts from OSF Healthcare’s response to the COVID-19 situation can be found here on their website.
Update 3/14/20 - UnityPoint Health now has visitor restrictions in place at all of their inpatient locations. Additional information can be found here.
UnityPoint Health is carefully monitoring the situation with the virus to stay prepared and keep communities safe and healthy. For information on UnityPoint Health’s response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), you can visit their "What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus" page.
Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
- Update 3/14/20 - Heddington Oaks, Peoria County’s non-profit skilled care nursing home facility located in West Peoria, has taken extra measures to protect its residents, staff, volunteers, and resident family members from the possible spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As of March 14, 2020, Heddington Oaks received new guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is no longer allowing volunteers and most visitors into the facility. Guidelines from CMS, which Heddington Oaks will be following, include:
- Restricting all visitors, with exception for compassionate care, such as end-of-life situations
- Restricting all volunteers and nonessential personnel
- Canceling group activities and communal dining
- Implementing active screening of residents and staff for fever and respiratory symptoms
Full information on the CMS regulations may be found at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-new-measures-protect-nursing-home-residents-covid-19
- Update 3/15/20 - Due to potentially harmful effects from the spread of germs, Heddington Oaks is strongly discouraging any non-essential mail being sent to their assisted living facility’s residents, especially from strangers. From the Heddington Oaks Facebook Page: "We understand and appreciate the public’s interest in sending letters to the residents of Heddington Oaks while visitor restrictions are enforced, but we must also take the necessary precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases to our very vulnerable population of residents. Procedures are currently being put into place on how our staff and residents will handle their mail moving forward, and we will post any updates here on our Facebook Page or on our website at: https://www.heddingtonoaks.com/300/COVID-19."
Long Term Care Facility Guidance from Local Health Departments
Peoria, Tazewell, and WoodfordCounty Health Departments advise the following temporary visitor restrictions during continuedwidespread seasonal influenza activity and the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19. Theserecommendations follow the restrictions implemented by many Peoria area hospitals on March 14,2020 to protect the high-risk population. The changes are requested to be effective immediately atall long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and independent living facilities.
- No visitors will be admitted unless critically essential for the patient’s well-being
- Exceptions may be made in certain situations, including end-of-life care, or those residentswith dementia needing emotional support
- These residents may have 1-2 visitor(s) per day. Visitors must be 18 years of age.
- All visitors will be screened for illness before being allowed to visit using the IDPH screeningquestionnaire.
- We strongly recommend you do not visit if you are displaying signs or symptomsof an influenza-like illness, which includes a fever, with cough or sore throat. If you showsymptoms, you may not be allowed to enter or be asked to leave.
- Out of respect to patients, staff and others, visitors with certain other symptoms, such as arunny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, chills, vomiting, or diarrhea should also postponetheir visits.
Schools and Colleges
Governor JB Pritzker Announces Statewide K-12 School Closures
On March 13, 2020, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced the statewide closure of all public and private K-12 schools in the State of Illinois from March 17 through March 30, 2020. An informational letter from the Illinois State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Carmen I. Ayala, can be found here.
Peoria Public Schools
Peoria Public Schools announces food distribution sites throughout Peoria during school shutdown
Peoria Public Schools will have 18 food distribution sites set up regionally across the city. These distribution sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Tuesday, March 17th through March 30th. That includes the week of Spring Break. Any child 18 years old and younger can pick up meals at these sites. Additional information about PPS Food Distribution Sites can be found on their website.
As of March 18, 2020 - Bradley University has announced that they will be moving classes online for the remainder of the semester. A full message from Bradley University President Roberts can be found here.
In addition to the above preparations, the Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU) has also canceled their Spring Recess Concert featuring WALK THE MOON. More information regarding the concert’s cancellation can be found here.
For more information on Bradley University’s response to COVID-19, please visit their Coronavirus Information site.
Update March 18, 2020 - Spring break for students will be extended one week, ending on Sunday, March 29. Courses will resume on Monday, March 30 in an online format. No in-person class meetings, laboratory sessions or other faculty and student interactions will take place on ICC’s campuses this semester. Students will receive communication from their instructors on how to proceed.
For information and updates on ICC’s response and preparations for COVID-19, please visit their website.
Updated Friday, March 13, 2020: Due to concerns with the spread of COVID-19, Methodist College will cease face-to-face instruction at close of business on Sunday, March 15 at midnight. All classes will transition to online instruction effective Monday, March 16 until further notice. Updates can be found on the Methodist College website.
Illinois State University is extending its Spring Break until Monday, March 23. Beginning March 23, ISU instructional activities will transition to online instruction through the remainder of the semester. More information about Illinois State University’s response to COVID-19, please visit their Coronavirus (COVID-19) information site.
Garbage and Recycling
PDC® and AREA® - We currently do not expect any changes to your waste collection schedule. In all communities serviced by AREA® bulky-item collection is suspended until further notice. Bulky items such as mattresses and old furniture that can not be containerized will not be collected during this time. This is a precautionary measure aimed at protecting our workforce. All trash should be bagged and/or containerized.
To help protect our employees, we are no longer accepting walk-in payments at any locations or offices. Please use on-line bill pay or call to make a payment during regular business hours. We also ask that you refrain from interacting with any of our drivers and keep all garbage contained in garbage bags, especially bathroom waste. All recycling must be in a cart and/or container for collection, you do not need to bag recyclables – rinse all tubs, jugs, jars, and cans! For further questions, please contact your local office.
Entertainment/Recreational Venues and Gyms
PACVB Closures and Cancelations Page
The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a page with updated event closures in the Peoria Area. You can view the website here.
Illinois Gaming Board Suspends All Video Gaming Operations in Illinois
The Illinois Gaming Board has suspended all video gaming operations at all licensed video gaming establishments effective at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 20, 2020. Additional information can be found here.
Peoria Riverfront Museum
The Peoria Riverfront Museum will close to the public until further notice, effective March 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Closure includes galleries, planetarium, giant screen theater, and all related programs and events. Staff offices will remain open for now. Additional information can be found on on the Peoria Riverfront Museum website.
Peoria Civic Center
Due to escalating concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 and at the recommendation of Governor JB Pritzker, the Peoria Civic Center will be abiding by the government mandate and canceling and/or postponing some of their events. A complete list of impacted events and additional details can be found on the Peoria Civic Center website.
Peoria Park District
3/15/2020 - Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the Peoria Park District will close all public facilities through March 30, 2020 with the goal of reducing the spread of the coronavirus in our local community.These closures will extend to all programs, activities, and rentals scheduled during this time frame, including Proctor and Logan Centers’ after school programming and all Park District Spring Break Camps. The District will honor its commitment to serving as public polling places for the election on March 17. Additional information can be found on the Peoria Park District website.
Effective Sunday, March 15 through Monday, March 20, the YMC is closed for all business, programs, and services, with the exception of school age child care (ages 5-12). A full press release with details and affected programs can be found here.
Event and Meeting Cancelations
As of March 16, 2020, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the United States Government have recommended that events or gatherings consisting of 10 people or more should be canceled. Residents are encouraged to avoid large groups of 10 or more people and to continue practicing social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their communities.
- 3/19/20 - 2020 EAST VILLAGE TIF HOUSING PROGRAM POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (City of Peoria)
- 3/19/20 - Gerald M. Brookhart Arts in Education Spring Celebration Canceled - (Peoria Regional Office of Education)