Citing staffing shortages, the village of Oak Park has extended its closure of the village hall lobby, 123 Madison St., until Jan. 28, but all services continue to be available online.
The lobby has been closed to the public since Dec. 14, after 10 members of village staff tested positive for COVID-19. At the time, village hall faced a staff shortage based on the combination of individuals needing to quarantine and holiday vacation requests. Village government had planned to reopen the lobby at the beginning of the new year.
The reopening date has now been pushed to the end of January as the village continues to face staffing shortages, according to a Jan. 11 village news release. The release further stated that, despite having an employee vaccination rate of over 80 percent, breakthrough COVID-19 cases among staff have continued to occur. It did not specify the current number of staff cases. Wednesday Journal has requested this information from the village of Oak Park.
The Oak Park Police Department, which operates out of the basement of village hall, remains open to the public and officers continue to report for duty. However, many village employees are working from home, according to the news release.