By Bob Bong
As part of the Phase 3 reopening of Illinois, municipal buildings are now open again in Palos Heights, Palos Park and Orland Park.
Municipal buildings in all three communities reopened on Monday, but visitors will find safeguards in place for staffers and the public.
The Kaptur Administrative Center in Palos Park, the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall in Orland Park and Palos Heights City Hall all have instituted measures and practices to ensure public safety.
The buildings will have designated entrances and exits, visitors must wear masks, guests must follow social distancing guidelines and the number of visitors may be limited. Hand sanitizer will be available.
Otherwise, it should be business as usual, though, officials in all three communities say residents and businesses should take advantage of online payment options for buying vehicle stickers or paying water bills and taking care of other business.
Lake Katherine fans can rejoice. The nature center had been open for walks and hikes during the lockdown, but things are opening up.
The annual native plant sale is underway, though it’s an online sale this year.
Go to Lake Katherine’s website or Facebook page to find a clickable link to the online store to pre-order your plants at https://lake-katherine-2020-native-plant-sale.myshopify.com/
All orders are pre-reserved and paid online. Curbside pick-up is on Saturday, June 6. There will be no in person sales.
And photo permits are now being booked. Groups must be under 10 people.
There has been one casualty since the pandemic began. Anyone who used to frequent the Secretary of State satellite office at Orland’s village hall will have to find a new location. The office has been closed permanently because it would not be able to adhere to new social distancing protocols. A search is on for a new facility.