EDWARDSVILLE — City officials on Friday announced new COVID-19 restrictions in Edwardsville.
City hall/city clerks: In-person payments currently are not being accepted at city hall. Customers may continue to pay utility bills online at www.cityofedwardsville.com, over the phone by calling 618-692-7500, by using the drop box outside City Hall at 118 Hillsboro or by mail to City of Edwardsville, P.O. Box 407, Edwardsville, IL 62025.
Birth certificates may be requested via mail or drop box for information and applications visit www.cityofedwardsville.com/244/Death-Birth-Certificates.
Public Works: The office at 200 E. Park is closed to the public. Permit applications are available online at the city’s website www.cityofedwardsville.com. If large format plans must be delivered, please e-mail email@example.com to coordinate a delivery time. Commercial and residential inspections remain active until further notice
Edwardsville Public Library: The library will be closed to the public effective Monday
• Contactless curbside service will be available Monday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To place materials on hold, patrons can go to https://www.edwardsvillelibrary.org/, call 618-692-7556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• E-books, audiobooks, movies and music are available online through the library’s website.
• The library accepts the returns of materials at all six book drop locations, 24 hours per day. Items will be quarantined for five days before being checked in and recirculated.
Fire department: Car seat installations and tours have been suspended. All three fire stations are closed to the public. The front lobby of the public safety building remains open
Police department: On a temporary basis, Edwardsville Police will take some reports over the telephone. These would be reports that are not in progress and for offenses that do not need immediate police response
People needing non-emergency police help should call 618-656-2131. If an officer is not immediately available, residents will be called back as soon as possible. For an immediate emergency response, call 9-1-1.
James Whiteford, the city’s emergency management coordinator, also recommends residents:
Work from home if possible: For the next three weeks, the city is asking residents to work with employers to plan to work from home unless it is necessary for you to be in the workplace.
Participate in essential activities only: For the next three weeks, the city is asking residents to stay home as much as possible, leaving only for necessary and essential activities, such as work that must be performed outside the home, COVID-19 testing, visiting the pharmacy and buying groceries.
Limit travel and gatherings: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health experts are telling the city that gatherings and travel in and out of communities present a high risk of spreading the infection.