TO THE RESIDENTS OF ARTHUR
During this time of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, of utmost importance is the health and well-being of all our residents.
The Village of Arthur is following all State and Federal guidelines concerning the efforts to contain COVID-19. The Village Board has taken steps locally, on a more or less monthly review basis, to minimize exposure of our employees to the virus while maintaining services for our residents.
The Board has closed municipal buildings to the public while still staffing them. Residents can phone in their needs at 543-2927 and Village employees will respond and help.
Our police department is prepared to respond and have been issued protective equipment to keep them as safe as possible during the performance of their duties.
Maintaining essential services, like water and sewer utilities, will be considered a highest priority. However, the Visitors Welcome Center, the Community Building, and other public properties are not currently available for public use.
The process that Arthur’s water supply goes through makes it safe and sanitary and it will not transmit bacteria or viruses. Samples of our water supply are taken frequently and tested at State labs.
While I cannot speak for the hosting organizations that sponsor events in our community, for the foreseeable future they recognize the need to cancel events that draw crowds of people. These are difficult decisions for a community that is organized to promote events to bring visitors to Arthur.
The Village will monitor events scheduled for the near future to ensure they comply with the current efforts and guidelines to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and make the public aware of the status of those events throughout this crisis.
I urge young people who are currently not in school to socially distance themselves even from their friends. I have seen groups of young people playing basketball and on walks together. This is not a vacation. The potential for cross-contaminating families is real and can have severe consequences for older family members.
Be safe. Stay healthy. I know this community misses the congenial social interaction we generally have with one another, as well as the interaction we enjoy with the visitors who often come to our community. But we will persevere through this, mourn our losses, and perhaps arise with an even greater awareness of how good it is to live in a community like ours.