As we approach the close of yet another week of our new reality, it seems to me that the coronavirus crisis has been going on for a very long time. Yet, it’s truly only been a few weeks, and as we know, there is more to come.
And so, my message to you today begins with gratitude and thanks. I’m so very grateful that so far, our community seems to be in good shape during this pandemic, compared to what we are seeing in some of our larger cities. I want to thank all those in our community who have taken the “stay at home” message to heart and have done exactly that - stayed at home. This has undoubtedly helped us slow the spread of the virus here in Barrington, at least for the time being.
For this reason, it is imperative that we continue to adhere to the spirit of the Executive Order that Governor Pritzker issued last week and practice social distancing, even when we are out and about in our parks, walking our dogs, or just getting some fresh air.
We have been getting reports here at Village Hall and Public Safety about people congregating in parks and in other outdoor social settings. We are counting on all of you to use common sense and practice the 6-foot social distancing rule. The parks are open for walking, but not for congregating. The playgrounds at the parks and schools are closed (for obvious reasons); please do not use them. While it’s important to our mental health to be able to be outside, we need to do so in a responsible way.
I’d also like to make a plug for our local restaurants and businesses that are offering take-out and delivery. This is a great way to support these businesses and practice social distancing, and it also augments the work of our groceries in meeting our food needs.
There’s no doubt that it has been jarring to have to create a new normal that includes working from home, managing cooped-up children, and foregoing our ability to socialize as a stress reliever. But these are sacrifices that we all must make for the greater good of our community and those we love.
And finally, I know this goes without saying, but I do want to remind everyone of the value of simply being kind to each other. As nerves fray and tensions rise the longer the stay-at-home order is in effect, your neighbors need a kind word, and those who are continuing to work at our grocery stores, pharmacies, and essential businesses also need a kind word. Further in this newsletter you will find information about mental health resources in the Barrington area, should you need to take advantage of them.
This is a challenging time for all, but I know that we can pull through this together, as Barrington always has.