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“Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, the district is currently preparing three plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year in the fall:

  • Plan A: re-open school in the fall as normal with new public health guidelines and protocols
  • Plan B: develop a hybrid which would combine Distance Learning instruction with in person instruction, while following strict guidelines as outlined by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health), and ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education)
  • Plan C: start the year with all Distance Learning instruction

The district expects the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) to release guidelines over the next couple of weeks for the reopening of schools in the fall. Barrington 220 will continue to keep our community updated. In the meantime, we hope everyone stays safe and healthy this summer.”

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Restaurants, which previously were only able to do pick-up and delivery orders, as of Friday are able to have outdoor seating. Egg Harbor in downtown Barrington already had an outdoor patio and is continuing to use that but had to take out a few tables to make sure there is an adequate amount of social distance, said restaurant manager Timothy Best.

Best said the restaurant implemented having an alarm go off every 15 minutes to signal all employees to stop what they’re doing and wipe down every hard surface. They also have to regularly check that tables are maintaining 6 feet of distance, he said.

Only employees are required to masks, he added, unless a customer goes inside to pick up an order.

“We want the guests to feel comfortable outside. Most guests that are coming outside to dine in are looking for a normal experience … and we’re trying to supply that to the best of our ability right now,” Best said.

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Carolina Aleida Valdes is one of the 773 Barrington High School class of 2020 graduates. The virtual graduation ceremony was broadcast online May 29, 2020 (Elizabeth Owens-Schiele / Pioneer Press)

During a virtual graduation ceremony Friday, Barrington High School Principal Steve McWilliams transported viewers back to a time before COVID-19 disease, remote learning and social distancing, and highlighted the many achievements, accomplishments and awards of the graduating class of 2020.

“Early in the fall, 48 members of the class of 2020 were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program,” McWilliams said during the pre-recorded ceremony that was broadcast on the Vimeo video social media app.

He also recognized the many successes of students who participated in the school’s dance, music, theater, broadcast and sports programs.

The top college destinations of the 773 graduates, he said, include Indiana University, Loyola University, Purdue University, University of Illinois and Harper College.

Additionally, some students will attend such highly selective schools as Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Yale University. McWilliams said 216 members of the graduating class are Illinois State Scholars and six got a 36 on the ACT, the highest score possible.

Read more here. To watch the 2020 BHS graduation ceremony, click here.

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The Canteen Restaurant in downtown Barrington has approval to use its parking lot for outdoor dining under the state’s reopening plan.

Game plans have been formed in Barrington and Palatine in preparation for today’s reopening of restaurants and bars with outdoor service following state guidelines.

Barrington village board members in a special meeting Thursday approved closing a section of a downtown street to accommodate two neighboring restaurants and other details for the outdoor service. In Palatine, the village council reached agreement Wednesday on matters including operating hours and use of public parking spaces.

McGonigal’s Pub and Big Iron Horse Barbecue submitted a joint plan to expand onto Park Avenue, between Cook and Station streets, for the state’s Phase 3 reopening, said Barrington Assistant to the Village Manager Melanie Marcordes. She said the establishments plan to have a combined 24 tables.

Some joints such as Egg Harbor Cafe on Main Street in downtown Barrington will use existing outdoor cafe space with minor modifications. To the south on Hough Street, the venerable Canteen Restaurant received village board approval to use its parking lot for outdoor dining.

The Barrington ordinance requires the outdoor spots to operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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“The members of the Barrington Area Council of Governments appreciate the efforts that have gone into developing the Restore Illinois plan. Our municipal and township governments have been compliant with the Executive Orders to keep residents safe during this COVID-19 public health situation. The Executive Board and membership have concerns, however, about provisions within the Restore Illinois plan and sent the following letter to Governor Pritzker for consideration.”

A copy of the BACOG members May 15th letter to Governor JB Pritzker can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Wearing a facial covering when not eating or drinking and being careful about congregating as a group are among the differences customers will need to get used to when sit-down restaurants and bars reopen Friday with outdoor service.

“We encourage guests to be patient as restaurants adhere to the health and safety protocols in the guidelines, which were developed in collaboration with leading health and science organizations and experts,” said Sam Toia, the Illinois Restaurant Association’s president and CEO.

Those who plan to return “should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while on premises,” except while eating and drinking at a table, according to the state. Exceptions can be made for people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a mask.

Tables will be limited to parties of six and must be at a social distance of 6 feet apart, preferably separated by Plexiglass. Employees should wear cloth masks when within 6 feet of customers or others, per the state regulations.

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Chicago restaurants won’t be ready to open on pace with rest of Illinois, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday that city restaurants won’t be ready to reopen to outdoor dining by May 29, but she hopes they will be ready in June.

Chicago also is looking at the possibility of closing streets to help expand restaurants’ outdoor dining, Lightfoot said.

Lightfoot made the comments after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker opened the door to potentially lift the restriction on sit-down dining next week. While “heartened” by Pritzker’s comments, Lightfoot said she wants a more robust plan to make sure restaurants can reopen safely.

Asked about the reopening the city’s lakefront, Lightfoot said she is looking at plans for reopening but isn’t there yet.

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