Village of Oswego COVID-19 Response
This page is intended to be a central point for COVID-19 information related to the Village of Oswego's operations for its residents and businesses. This information does NOT replace information from the Centers for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public Health, or the Kendall County Health Department on measures to stop the spread of illness. Please refer to those websites for information on staying healthy and follow all public health rules and guidelines.
All of Illinois is now in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, and the Village of Oswego encourages all residents to abide by the state’s guidelines to help slow the spread of illness. Learn more about what’s allowed and what’s not from the State of Illinois.
- Events: Village-run special events may now be held and special event permits may be issued, however, all events must comply with state guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois DCEO.
- Facilities reopening: Village Hall, Police Headquarters and the Public Works Facility are closed to the public. Read more about how to access services. Village facilities reopenrf Monday, June 1. Click here for more info.
- "Flushable" wipes. Do not flush wipes, even if they claim to be flushable. Sanitary wipes, disinfecting wipes, paper towel and tissue all clog drains and can cause sewer backups in your home. Read more.
- Food service workers. Food service workers are strongly encouraged to wear face masks during the preparation, handling, and delivery of food in grocery stores, delivery services, and bars and restaurants that continue to order takeout.
- Garage Sales. Garage sales are permitted, however, residents are advised to follow the same precautions seen in retail stores, including face mask requirements, markers and reminders to help shoppers stay six feet apart, arrows or layots that direct traffic flow one way, and available hand sanitizer for shoppers.
- Garbage and Recycling. Restrictions have been lifted. Any household with positive COVID-19 test results or symptoms of COVID-19, should bag all recyclables and place them in the trash until symptoms subside.
- Liquor sales: You can buy packaged liquor from bars and restaurants that normally serve alcohol, including by home delivery, if offered. This includes cocktails, per the governor's order.
- Meetings: Cultural Art Commission, Economic Development Commission, Oswego Police Commission, and Historic Preservation Commission are permitted to meet, but only if that meeting is necessary to conduct essential government functions. Oswego Village Board and the Planning & Zoning Commission will meet with options for electronic participation for officials and the public. Visit the Agendas page to stream meetings live.
- Overnight Parking. Restrictions on overnight on-street parking have been suspended indefinitely. An announcement will be made when restrictions are back in place.
- Real estate showings: Real estate showings in unoccupied buildings are currently permitted, however, local executive order prohibits anyone who is ill or shows symptoms of being ill from attending a real estate showing. Showings of occupied rental properties are also prohibited.
- Solicitors: Door-to-door solicitation is permitted effective July 27, 2020. As always, permits are required and can be obtained from the Police Department.
- Utilities: ComEd, FoxMetro, NICOR, and most Internet service providers are offering some forms of assistance to residents during this time. For information on service shutoff delays, late fee waivers and more, visit their respective websites. Low-income households (150% of the poverty line, or $3,219/mo. for a family of four) can also apply for emergency utility assistance through LIHEAP. To apply, call the Kendall County Health Department at 630-941-3262.
- Water bills: The Village of Oswego is offering a $20 credit on water bills for those residents who have been affected by layoffs or reduced income related to COVID-19. To apply for the credit, click here. Pay your water bill online, by calling 630-554-3618, or at the drop box in front of Village Hall. Learn more.
- Water shutoffs: Water shutoffs will be suspended through September 1, 2020. The Village will waive late fees incurred between Monday, March 16, and Monday, August 31. Payment plans are available. Call 630-554-2282 or email email@example.com.
- Wellness checks: If you are a senior or other at-risk person, you can request a daily wellness check phone call from our police department. Learn more.
- 2020 Census. Face-to-face Census activities have been suspended, but you can still fill out your Census form online. Follow the instructions in the form mailed to your home.
Village employees across several departments are working remotely and are still responding to calls and emails. We’re here to help, but please allow additional time for staff to respond to requests and questions. Not sure who can help? Call Village Hall at 630-554-3618 and we’ll connect you.
The Village of Oswego’s Economic Development Department has compiled a list of resources for businesses, and more programs that may benefit Oswego businesses are expected to be announced in the coming days and weeks. Find it all on our COVID-19 Resource page for business on Oswegrow.com. Business owners are also encouraged to contact Economic Development Director Corinna Cole, firstname.lastname@example.org, for assistance navigating Federal, state and local relief programs.
Download our Guide to Federal, State and Local Relief Programs for Oswego Businesses.
View the Illinois DCEO's Phase 3 Guidelines for Businesses.
- Bids & RFPs: Bids and RFPs are now being conducted online using DemandStar. For more information, visit the Village’s Bids & RFPs page.
- Business and Tobacco Licenses: Village of Oswego business registration and tobacco licenses will be extended without late fees until Monday, June 1. Contact the Village Clerk’s office with questions at 630-554-3259 or email email@example.com.
- Essential Business: Is your business essential? Read the text of the governor’s order and the Frequently Asked Questions. The State of Illinois has also issued a chart to help businesses decide. You can also call the State of Illinois’ Essential Business Determination Hotline at 1-800-252-2923 or submit questions to CEO.firstname.lastname@example.org. To file a complaint against a nonessential business failing to comply with the order, fill out a form with the Illinois DCEO.
- Food & Beverage Tax: The deadline for submitting Food & Beverage taxes owed to the Village for March and April is July 27, 2020.
- Hotel/Motel Tax: The deadline for submitting Hotel/Motel taxes owed to the Village for March and April is July 27, 2020.
- Liquor Licences: Liquor license renewal payments are now not due until Dec. 31, 2020.
- Liquor Sales: Any business in Oswego that currently holds a valid liquor license can now sell packaged alcohol to go, curbside, by home delivery, or any other sale or delivery method that promotes social distancing. Read the full text of the order.
- Outdoor Dining: Restaurants and bars will be permitted to expand outdoor seating areas to serve patrons. Contact the Builidng & Permits Division at 630-551-2310 for additional information.
- Permits and Inspections: Our staff is still processing permits of all kinds and conducting essential inspections. Contact the Building & Permits Divison at BZinfo@oswegoil.org or 630-554-2310.
- Shipping restrictions: Regular noise restrictions and delivery hours guided by local ordinance near business and logistics centers are back in effect as of July 27, 2020.
- Signs: Most ordinances relating to temporary signs have been suspended through August 26, 2020. If you want to advertise your available services, temporary and portable signs are now allowed in most places. If you have questions, contact Building & Zoning at BZinfo@oswegoil.org or 630-554-2310.
- Storage containers: Regular restrictions on storage containers in all properties in business and manufacturing zoned districts guided by local ordinance are back in effect as of July 27, 2020.
- Tents and accessory structures: Permits are not required, but tents must meet certain requirements. Read the full text here and contact Building & Zoning at BZinfo@oswegoil.org or 630-554-2310 with questions.
On March 16, the Oswego Village Board declared a state of local emergency, which has since been extended. Oswego Village President Troy Parlier has issued multiple Executive Orders related to Village operations. You can read the full text of each of the orders below:
- Executive Order #9 (June 26, 2020)
- Executive Order #8 (May 29, 2020)
- Executive Order #7 (May 22, 2020)
- Extension of Local State of Emergency (April 7, 2020)
- Executive Order #6 (May 5, 2020)
- Executive Order #5 (April 21, 2020)
- Executive Order #4 (April 2, 2020)
- Executive Order #3 (March 24, 2020)
- Executive Order #2 (March 20, 2020)
- Executive Order #1 (March 16, 2020)
Still have questions about Village services?
If you have questions about Village of Oswego services not answered above, call Oswego Village Hall at 630-554-3618 or email email@example.com, and we will assist you. Please allow additional time for a response as most of our staff are working remotely.
Questions about COVID-19?
The best source for information on questions directly related to COVID-19, including what to do if you suspect you or someone else may be ill, is the Kendall County Health Department. Visit their website, kendallhealth.org or call 630-553-9100.
This page was last updated at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28, 2020.