Declaration of Local State of Emergency

County of Whiteside
City of Prophetstown
Pursuant to the authority vested in the office of Mayor by the Illinois Municipal Code Section 5/11-1-6, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act Section 3305/11 and the Gubernatorial Disaster Declarations related to COVID-19, I, Steve Swanson, Mayor of the City of Prophetstown do hereby declare that a Local State of Emergency exists as of this date, August 11, 2020, and shall continue until such time as may be provided or extended by an Gubernatorial Disaster Declaration pertaining to COVID-19.
WHEREAS, in late 2019, a new and significant outbreak of Coronaviris Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emerged in China; and,
WHEREAS; COVID-19 is a novel severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among people through respiratory transmissions and present symptoms similar to those of influenza; and,
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency oflnternational Concern on January 30, 2020, and the United States Secretary of Health and Human Ser:vices declared that COVID-19 presents a public health emergency on January 27, 2020, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) currently recommends community preparedeness and everyday prevention measures be taken by all individuals and families in the United States, and a Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation was initially declared by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on March 9, 2020.
WHEREAS, the nature of the emergency is that despite efforts to contain COVID-19, the World Health Organization and the CDC indicate thatit is expected to spread. As of August 11, 2020 there were 195,399 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, 359 confirmed cases in Whiteside County, and 7,637 people in Illinois have died from the same; and
WHERAS, the Governor of the State of Illinois has recently reaffirmed his prior disaster proclamation and, pursuant to Executive Order 2020-48, restated and adopting prior Executive Orders and extending the same through August 22, 2020; and
WHEREAS, individuals who decline to wear masks when in retails establishments and businesses within the City of Prophetstown continues unabated and creates a public health hazard that constitutes, as contemplated by City Code 12-52(5) of the Ordinances of the City, a threat to the protection of life and failure to wear a face

covering when so mandated by the Governor’s Public Health Orders thereby constitutes a nuisance within the corporate boundaries of the City.
NOW THEREFORE, BASED ON THE FOREGOING, I, the Mayor of the City of City of Prophetstown, hereby declare that the circumstances surrounding .COVID-19 constitute a public health emergency. During the existence of the Local State of Emergency, the Mayor shall exercise such authority as may be provided under the Illinois Municipal Code, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act and the Gubernatorial Disaster proclamation and the following actions are mandated for all individuals within the corporate boundaries of the City of Prophetstown:

  1. Social distancing. To the extent individuals are using shared spaces when outside their residence, including when outdoors, they must at all times and as much as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person who does not live with them.
    Wear a face covering in public places or when working. Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in an outdoor public place and unable to maintain a six­foot social distance. During such times as the individual is in an indoor space, such as a store, or business establishment, a mask shall be required of all customers and employees.
    Elderly people and those who are vulnerable because of illness should take additional precautions. People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including elderly people and those with a health condition that may make them vulnerable, are urged to stay in their residence and minimize in-person contact with others to the extent possible.
    2. Business Compliance. Businesses and retail establishments serving the public, when located within the corporate boundaries of the City, must require customers to comply with the mask requirements outlined within this Declaration and all Orders of the Governor and/or the State of Illinois.
    3. Penalty. Failure to comply with this Declaration, after first receiving a warning, shall be punishable by issuance of a City Ordinance violation, as conduct in violation of Section 12-52, and constitutes a nuisance punishable under Section 22-2 of the City Code, subject to a fine of $100 per violation.

This Declaration of Local State of Emergency shall be filed with the City Clerk as soon as practicable, a copy provided to local media, three copies posted at City Hall and three copies posted at the local United States Postal Service.

This Declaration shall expire on expire on 8/21/2020.

I, Steve Swanson, whose name is signed to this instrument, being first duly sworn, signed and executed the instrument as the Declaration of Local State of Emergency, that I signed willingly, and that I executed it as my free and voluntary act for the purposes therein expressed.

On this, 19th, of August 2020, personally appeared the above named Steve Swanson, Mayor and acknowledged the foregoing to be his free act and deed before me.

My commission Expires: 01/07/2024