St. Charles reopening portion of First Street for carryout dining
With COVID-19 dining restrictions set to take effect on Friday, St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina issued an executive order Thursday to reopen a portion of First Street to vehicle traffic, allowing easier access to carryout service at nearby restaurants.
Because of rising COVID-19 positivity rates in Kane and DuPage counties, the state will implement restrictions in Region 8 of the Restore Illinois map that include a ban on indoor dining and an 11 p.m. closing time for restaurants and bars.
Rogina's executive order goes into effect at 2 p.m. Friday and will be voted on at the Nov. 2 city council meeting.
"City staff worked with the St. Charles Business Alliance to inquire if this action would be helpful to businesses on 1st Street," Rogina said in a statement. "Overwhelmingly, the answer was yes."
The northern portion of First Street -- just beyond the entrance to the First Street parking deck and continuing to Main Street -- has been closed to vehicular traffic since May 29 to allow for outdoor dining. The city council voted Monday to extend the closure through Nov. 30, but Rogina's executive order supersedes that vote.