Illinois Mask Mandate
With the Delta variant surge continuing, Illinois reinstituted a statewide indoor mask mandate for every person over age 2, regardless of vaccination status, effective Aug. 30. The mandate applies to businesses, grocery stores, health clubs, restaurants, and other indoor venues.
While not required outdoors, masks are strongly encouraged in crowded settings like festivals, concerts and other activities that may require close contact with people who may not be vaccinated.
The Kane County Health Department has the latest information regarding local COVID-19 vaccinations, which now are available to children ages 5 to 11. Adults also can get their booster shots.
Vaccinations remain the best defense to ending the pandemic.
The Illinois Department of Public Health also has put together a vaccine online dashboard and FAQs document.
The City Council has authorized an extension to expand outdoor seating on public and private property until Dec. 31, 2021. Restaurants and bars that wish to continue with the use of public property had to submit a temporary license agreement by July 2.
Effective July 1, on-street parking spaces may no longer be reserved for curbside service. For more info, check the City's COVID-19 resources for Geneva businesses.
Geneva’s City facilities remain open to the public, but masks are required for all guests after Kane County COVID-19 community positivity rate reached a level of “high” transmission level in August.
The public is strongly encouraged to conduct business virtually, over the phone, email, or U.S. Mail when possible. Residents can pay utility bills online, call the Finance Department at 630-232-0854, use the mail, or utilize one of the City’s dropboxes (please no cash). People also can report non-emergency concerns and find a City staff directory online.
Building Permits/Development Applications
The City’s Community Development Department continues to accept and review permits and development applications. The City’s Building Division, 109 James St. (south side of City Hall) is open, but facemasks are required. The City also introduced remote virtual inspections for some projects. Please review the department’s submission requirements. Questions can be directed to the City’s Building Division at 630-262-0280.
After being suspended during the first 19 months of the pandemic, daily parking and commuter parking permit fees were reinstituted on Oct. 1, 2021.
The Geneva Police Department mailed out parking letters in August informing current quarterly permit holders that their permit will expire Sept. 30. Commuters were instructed to renew their permit for the 2021 fourth quarter. Visit the City's commuter parking web page to learn more, including the City's new online permit payment portal.
Geneva's community festivals returned this summer after Illinois reached the Restore Illinois - Phase 5 plan. However, with the surge of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the public is encouraged to stay tuned to the City's Upcoming Events web page for the latest details.
Illinois reinstituted an indoor mask mandate effective Aug. 30. While face coverings are not required outdoors, masks are strongly encouraged in crowded settings such as festivals, concerts and other activities that require close contact with people who may not be vaccinated.
Fire Department Food Donations
To keep first-responders safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Geneva Fire Department is no longer able to accept homemade food donations from residents. Firefighters appreciate the community’s generosity but hate to see good food go to waste. The department would prefer people to support Geneva’s merchants and restaurants who can remain open per the state. The Fire Department’s temporary food policy restrictions are available to view online.
All of the City’s refuse and recycling programs have returned back to normal service levels.
Kane County's electronics recycling drop-off site in Batavia is open. Monthly collection events also have resumed.
Geneva City Council and advisory board meetings still will take place in person, but guests are required to wear a mask when entering City Hall.
City Council, Committee of the Whole, Historic Preservation Commission, and Planning & Zoning Commission meetings will air live on Geneva Broadcast Network (Comcast Ch. 10, ATT U-Verse Ch. 99 and MetroNet Ch. 93) and also streamed live on the City’s YouTube channel. The City has posted guidelines online for public participation at upcoming meetings.
Meeting agendas will list any additional special instructions/protocols that may be in effect for that particular meeting. Check the City’s meeting calendar and Agenda Center for upcoming meeting dates.
Parks & Recreational Facilities
Please visit the Geneva Park District’s website for the latest recreational updates and available facilities.
Public Works PSAs
Disinfecting wipes, regular wipes, baby wipes, paper towels and like items are not to be flushed down the toilet. Around the country, sewer systems are getting clogged and causing major problems. These wipes must be disposed of in the garbage because they do not break down in the sewer system. Let us all work together to make sure the City’s municipal service continues to operate.
For residents needing emotional support related to the coronavirus pandemic, the State of Illinois has established a free Call4Calm mental health hotline.
The City’s Mental Health Board is highlighting the NAMI’s resource guide, Mental Health America, and other tips to Geneva residents to support mental health while our community adjusts to physical distancing and staying at home, perhaps more isolating than many are used to in their daily lives. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has developed a list of resources for residents, consumers and Illinois licensees impacted by COVID-19.
Unemployed as a result of the pandemic? Check out the State's "Get Hired" opportunities.
Applications for the Illinois Rental Payment Program will be accepted from Monday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Jan. 9.
Last Updated: Nov. 29, 2021
Across The Region
The City continues to monitor the latest coronavirus updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Kane County Health Department.
Health experts are asking the public to educate themselves about the facts. In that effort, the City has highlighted resources from the three health agencies.