As we continue to monitor COVID-19, please visit these trusted agencies for the latest information:
Here is a list of community resources, as of 3/30/20.
Additionally, here is a resource site from the Chamber of Commerce, CVB, and EDC: www.bnprepared.org
For a copy of the Governor's Executive Order, please click here. The Essential Business Checklist from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is available here, and an essential business flowchart is available here.
For a list of resources for businesses, click here.
City-related cancellations & other info:
Citizen Convenience Center
- The CCC will reopen starting Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
- Hours (same as pre-closure):
- Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7 AM to 2:45 PM
- Wednesday: 11 AM to 6:45 PM
- We will be limiting contact between staff and citizens and following CDC guidelines and best practices.
- Staff will advise users to roll up their windows and show their driver’s license from behind the closed window.
- There will be one user vehicle per material bin location at a time.
- Staff does not handle material with their hands, unless absolutely necessary and then only with proper PPE.
- Equipment is utilized to move material from bins to roll off containers.
Spring Free Curbside Bulk Collection
- We are delaying the beginning of Spring Free Curbside Bulk Collection from May 1st to Monday, July 6th. Collection typically takes about two weeks, and we’ll be providing an area-specific schedule as we get closer to July 6th.
The City Council will hold a meeting on 3/26/20; this is the rescheduled meeting from the one that was canceled on 3/23/20 due to technical difficulties. To adhere to social distancing and group gathering guidelines in light of COVID-19, only a few people will be admitted to City Hall, which is otherwise closed, to participate in the meeting in-person. That being said, we encourage the public to participate remotely in the following ways:
1) Watch/listen to the meeting remotely via the City's livestream on its YouTube channel: www.cityblm.org/live
2) If you’d like to make a public comment, please send your comments via email to email@example.com by 5:45 pm on 3/26/20. This is the best way to participate remotely in public comment and make sure your comments become part of the public record. If you've already sent a comment for the 3/23/20 meeting, you do not need to resend it. Comments received via email by 5:45 pm will be shared with Council, become part of the record, and be posted on our website, cityblm.org.
3) You can also make a public comment via Zoom. Click <link coming soon> to register and receive the call-in number. We cannot guarantee the compatibility of a participant's technology.
An agenda for the 3/23/20 meeting can be found here.
- Click here to see a video message from Mayor Renner regarding the City's response to COVID-19.
- The Council meeting originally scheduled for 3/23/20 has been rescheduled to take place Thursday, 3/26/20 at 6 pm. In order to comply with social distancing and group gathering guidelines, we still anticipate only a few members of the public will be able to attend in-person in Council Chambers. We encourage the public to watch remotely via the City's livestream. If you have already submitted a public comment for the 3/23/20 meeting, you do not need to submit again. Your original comment will be entered into the public record, given to Council, and posted to the cityblm.org website. If you have not already submitted a comment and would like to, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comment by 5:45 pm on 3/26/20.
- The Public Hearing for the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020 Annual Action Plan and consideration of authorizing submittal of the 2020 Annual Action Plan to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development that was on the agenda for 3/23/20 is currently anticipated to be on the agenda for Council's 4/27/20 meeting.
- The 3/25/20 Planning Commission meeting is canceled and the public hearing scheduled for that day is rescheduled to the Planning Commission's next regularly-scheduled meeting on 4/8/20.
3/23/20 at approximately 7 pm:
- The Mayor signed a 48-hour emergency order on Friday, March 20 to allow for package, curbside, and delivery of alcohol for off-premise consumption by restaurants and taverns. The Council was anticipated to take action that would extend that order at tonight's meeting, which was subsequently canceled and will be rescheduled for later this week. The Mayor has since signed another 48-hour emergency order that extends Friday's order. In short, there is no disruption to package, curbside, and delivery of alcohol for off-premise consumption and approved restaurants and taverns may continue to engage in this practice.
3/23/20 at approximately 6:25 pm:
- Tonight's City Council meeting has been canceled due to technical difficulties that made it difficult to hear the participants and for the participants to hear each other. Due to the crucial content of this meeting, we felt it best to cancel and postpone until we can resolve these technical issues. We anticipate rescheduling this meeting later this week.
- In order to comply with COVID-19 social distancing and group gathering guidelines, the number of members of the public that will be allowed into Council Chambers for the 3/23/20 City Council meeting will be limited to three, first-come, first serve.
- A livestream of the 3/23/20 Council meeting will be available starting at 6 pm here. Regular Council meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings are livestreamed and archived on our YouTube channel.
- Public comment for the 3/23/20 meeting may be submitted via email until 5:45 pm to email@example.com. Comments will be placed into the public record, provided to the Council, and posted on our website.
- The Public Hearing for the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020 Annual Action Plan and consideration of authorizing submittal of the 2020 Annual Action Plan to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development that is on the agenda for 3/23/20 is being postponed. A new date for the public hearing will be announced soon.
- The Citizen Convenience Center (bulk drop-off south of the Library) is closed until further notice.
- Due to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic all solicitations (Bid, RFPs and RFQs) are being extended for 14 days at this time. Each deadline scheduled after 3/20/2020 will be extended 14 days. This includes pre-bid meetings, question deadlines, City response deadline, due dates, and tentative award dates. New schedules for each solicitation will be released. This applies to: Bid #2020-29, Bid #2020-32, Bid #2020-39, Bid #2020-41, Bid #2020-43, Bid #2020-46, Bid #2020-47, Bid #2020-48, Bid #2020-49, Bid #2020-51, Bid #2020-52, Bid #2020-53, Bid #2020-54, and Bid #2020-55. This may also apply to any tentative award dates of recent solicitations.
- The City of Bloomington’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts will be closing Harmony Park as a response to COVID-19. Harmony Park is located within Rollingbrook Park at 1002 S. Hershey Rd. Please follow the City of Bloomington's social media or website (CityBlm.org) for when this precautionary measure will be reversed.
- Solicitor registration will take place on the third Tuesday of the month at Grossinger Motors Arena (exterior windows at Front & Madison).
- Most City services are available online or over-the-phone. There are some exceptions to this. When in doubt, phone ahead: 434-2509.
- Rentals at Davis Lodge will be canceled until May 1.
- Administrative Court and/or Tow Hearings are canceled until May, 2020. If you have a court date or tow hearing scheduled during this time, you will receive a notice to appear for a new date.
- City Hall and City offices at the Government Center will be closed to the public 3/18-5/1. There will be staff at the Arena (corner of Front & Madison) for transactions that must be done in-person (cash bill payments, etc.). Remember that several services are available on the web for your convenience. The lobby of the Police department will remain open.
- The Bloomington Ice Center is closed until further notice.
- The Zoo will close at the end of the day 3/17 until further notice.
- The City's golf courses are closed until May 1.
- All rentals at City Parks' facilities are canceled through May 1.
- Garden plot registration is postponed until a time to be determined.
3/16/20: In a proactive effort to minimize social gatherings in our community, the April 3rd First Friday, and the April 4th Downtown Bloomington Easter Egg Hunt events have been cancelled.
3/12/20: As of today, the City is canceling the following events and programs. When possible, we will work to reschedule in the future:
- The Guns & Hoses hockey game at Grossinger Motors Arena, scheduled for March 13
- The Lauren Daigle show at Grossinger Motors Arena, scheduled for March 14
- The Indoor Farmers Market at Grossinger Motors Arena, scheduled for March 21
- The BCPA will be closed until May 1.
- The City's Senior and S.O.A.R. programs administered through the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts department will be closed until May 1. This includes the Senior Center in Miller Park
- Business travel by City employees is not permitted until May 1.
- Select Boards and Commissions meetings may be canceled between now and May 1; check the City's website calendar for cancellations when/if they become available.
People registered for Senior and S.O.A.R. programs through the Parks department will receive credit on their accounts for canceled programs. People that have tickets to canceled events at the Arena and/or BCPA will be contacted with more information.
Please keep in mind that the City provides online and over-the-phone bill pay and other services in many instances.
There will be further communication if/when more updates become available.