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Posted on: March 5, 2020


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Rantoul – COVID-19 Response Plan


January 15th 12:30pm

** Please note: Appointments are required for the vaccination clinics below **

COVID Vaccine Clinics for Champaign County Residents age 75+ AND 65 - 74 with underlying health conditions
WHEN: January 19, 20, 21, and 22nd from 8:00am - 4:30pm
WHERE: IHotel & Conference Center's East Wing: 1900 S 1st Street, Champaign

ENGLISH Brochure - Additional Details

SPANISH Brochure - Additional Details

FRENCH Brochure - Additional Details

January 8th 12:30pm

** Please note: Appointments are required for the vaccination clinics below **

COVID Vaccine Clinics for Champaign County Residents age 75+
WHEN: January 12, 13, and 14th from 7:30am - 3:30pm
WHERE: Dress Barn at Kohl's Plaza and IHotel's East Wing

ENGLISH Brochure - Additional Details

SPANISH Brochure - Additional Details

FRENCH Brochure - Additional Details

November 25th 10:30am

Mayor Charles Smith addresses the citizens of Rantoul regarding the COVID situation and the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 13th 1:30pm

Mayor Charles Smith addresses the citizens of Rantoul regarding the announcement of region 6 moving into tier 2 mitigation.

October 30th 3:00pm

Residents Encouraged to Continue Supporting Local Businesses

Effective Monday, November 2, 2020, the State of Illinois will implement new COVID-19 resurgence mitigations across Region 6, which includes Champaign County. These new mitigations are being implemented because as a whole, Region 6 had a 7-day rolling average COVID-19 test positivity rate of more than 8% for three consecutive days. As a result, the State has implemented the following new mitigation measures across Region 6:

    No indoor service allowed at restaurants or bars.
    Outdoor service at restaurants and bars must end by 11 p.m.
    Reservations are required to be served (outdoors) at a restaurant or bar.
    Gatherings limited to a maximum of 25 people.
    Other specific mitigation measures have also been implemented which can be reviewed online.

Residents will continue to play a critical role in supporting our local restaurants. As we head into these new mitigation efforts, the public can take the following steps to help:

    Continue to follow public health guidelines including wearing a face mask in public and practicing social distancing.
    Dine outdoors at local businesses as weather allows.
    Utilize curbside pickup and delivery services.

The Cities of Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, and Rantoul will continue to work closely with area restaurants and bars, as well as the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, to provide additional support and guidance during this time. In addition, they will continue to work with our local economic development partners to provide businesses in need guidance and support with State Business Interruption Grants.

September 10th 4:00pm

COVID-19 Testing and Care, Tuesday Sept 15, 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Convenient: Curbside and Walk Up Testing

Fast Results: Usually within 24 hours!

COVID-19 Care Line (217) 403-5402

Rantoul MultiCultural Community Center 

1126 Country Club Rd, Rantoul, IL

Rantoul COVID Testing Flyer

September 9th 12:00pm

When dining out in Champaign County, be sure to follow the guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. 

Our community leaders remind you of how to safely enjoy our local restaurants.

June 22nd 4:45pm

Recreation Returns To Rantoul, Village Hall to Re-Open

With the onset of Phase 4 under the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan, the Village of Rantoul will begin re-opening its facilities beginning June 27th

The Hap Aquatic Center will open Saturday, June 27th beginning at 11:00am.  Pool hours this year will be Monday through Friday from Noon to 7:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 7:00pm with the first hour reserved for Annual Pass Holders.  Swim Lessons, Early Morning Swim, and Water Aerobics will begin on July 6th.  Family Nights will once again be held on Wednesday evenings beginning on July 8th.  This year, Individual Annual Passes are $75, or Family Annual Passes are $200.  Daily Admission will be $6 unless purchased in advance on-line for $5.  The Village of Rantoul has implemented specific rules and guidelines in an effort to reduce the possible transmission of COVID-19, and will be following all Center For Disease Control and Illinois Department of Public Health recommendations.  (see document links below for more information).

The Forum Fitness Center shall open on June 29th at regular operating hours.  While some equipment may be restricted during Phase 4, all areas of the Forum shall be open with access to each type of fitness equipment previously present.   Hours at the Forum are Monday through Thursday 5:00am to 9:00pm, Friday 5:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday 8:00am to 4:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Classes will also be resuming, but for specific dates on when please contact the Recreation Department.

While Little League teams have been practicing and learning fundamentals of the game throughout these past few weeks, they will put those new skills to the test when regularly-scheduled games begin on June 29th.  It should be noted that spectators will be allowed, but must practice appropriate social distancing, and spectators will be asked to separate themselves around the field.  Bleacher seating will not be allowed and all are encouraged to bring their own lawn seats.  Seating around the fields will be allowed as long as chairs are placed six feet apart from family to family.

Recreational Day Camps, including new camps offered this year, will continue this summer as well.   

All Park facilities, including playgrounds, courts, and shelters, will be open beginning June 26th.  No more than 50 people are allowed on each at any one time.   

Also, the Village of Rantoul Municipal Building will re-open on July 6th for all services EXCEPT Utilities.  Only the main entrance on the West side will be open for use by the general public, but Utility payments will not yet be allowed inside.  Payments can still be made using the “drop box”, can be mailed, or use the on-line service.  Setting up a new service can be done by appointment only, and those wishing to do so can call 892-6832.  Disconnection of services for those who fail to make their Utility payments will begin August 1st

In addition to re-opening Village Hall on July 6th, contractors or anyone wishing to speak to the Building Safety Department or Code Enforcement, should now use the North entrance.  Upon entering the North doors to the building, there is now a service window which will allow anyone needing the services of the Building Safety Department or Code Enforcement to speak with a representative. 

Anyone entering Village Hall will be required to use hand sanitizer as they enter, and masks will be provided.  All precautions will be used to reduce the possible transmission of COVID-19 among staff and guests, and all are still encouraged to do as much communication with Village staff by means OTHER than face-to-face visits.

Aquatic Center Re-Opening

Municipal Building Re-Opening

May 27th 5:30pm

Press Release - Street Closure

In an effort to assist downtown food and beverage establishments, while recognizing the space limitations, the Village of Rantoul will be closing a section of the 100 block of Sangamon to allow for an “outdoor food court”.

Beginning on Thursday, May 28th through June 30th, the section in front of 113 Sangamon will be closed to “through traffic” for the purposes of establishing an outdoor service area which will be utilized by ET’s Restaurant, and other food and beverage establishments throughout the downtown area.  Entrance onto Sangamon from Tanner and Garrard will still be available, allowing for parking along the street for full access to other downtown businesses; however, the street will not allow for vehicles to travel “through” Sangamon in that 100 block.  We believe the “outdoor food court” will provide a unique dining experience, and would anticipate additional activities by these businesses to also occur throughout the month.

8 applications have been received by the Village of Rantoul for outdoor service beginning on Friday, although that number is expected to rise before this weekend. 

We encourage all to support our local businesses throughout Rantoul during this exciting time of re-opening. 

May 27th 5:15pm


This document summarizes CUPHD’s recommendations for religious/faith-based  organizations. This guidance will be reviewed and updated by CUPHD on June 30th, 2020 and will be extended as needed.

  • Members of your congregation that are high-risk (60+, those with underlying health conditions) should access services online or through video-streaming options. 
  • You may conduct services with 10 or less people. Everyone must wear masks and maintain social distancing requirements (6 ft. or more). 
  • Consider holding services and gatherings in a large, well-ventilated area or outdoors, as circumstances and faith traditions allow. 
  • Singing should be limited to prevent spread of droplets. 
  • Staff and congregation members should not come to services if they are feeling ill or have COVID-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell). 
  • If you hold multiple services you must clean and disinfect between services. 
  • Testing is available at the Community Based Testing Site (Marketplace Mall, 8am-4pm while daily supplies lasts).

Take steps to minimize community sharing of worship materials and other items:

  • Limit the sharing of frequently touched objects, such as worship aids, prayer rugs, prayer books, hymnals, religious texts and other bulletins, books, or other items passed or shared among congregants, and encouraging congregants to bring their own such items, if possible, or photocopying or projecting prayers, songs, and texts using electronic means. 
  • Modify the methods used to receive financial contributions. Consider a stationary collection box, the main, or electronic methods of collection regular financial contributions instead of shared collection trays or baskets.

 Guidelines for the Protection of Public Health during Drive-In Religious/Faith-based Services

  • Staff will determine a safe number of cars to ensure ample room for each to park with a parking space left between cars 
  • Staff performing services will remain 6 feet apart and use a transmitter. 
  • The service will be transmitted over FM so attendees can listen from inside their car keeping their windows rolled up. 
  • There will be parking lot attendants making sure everyone leaves an empty parking space between cars. The Parking lot attendants will wear face masks and uphold the 6 feet social distancing rule. 
  • Donations/offerings will be collected online 
  • Communion will be pre-packaged.

May 26th 4:15pm

It’s YARD SALE season and many have asked how the COVID-19 illness impacts the ability for a resident to host this summer-time event. 

Yard Sales ARE allowed under the following guidelines and restrictions:

  • No more than 10 people shall be in attendance at the same time. If more than 10 are trying to enter the property, the owner should require them to wait in their cars until the number of attendees drops below 10.
  • Social distancing should be encouraged with signage, and the host of the yard sale, as well as those attending, should all wear masks.
  • Attendees should plan to spend no more than 15 minutes at each yard sale host site.
  • If possible, host should consider installing an impermeable barrier between them and their customers at checkout, and change transactions should be discouraged.

Following these guidelines should provide you with a safe, and hopefully profitable, YARD SALE!!

May 25th 7:00pm

In conjunction with our region entering into Phase 3 of the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan, and in support of our local businesses, the Village of Rantoul has added two new documents to its “Re-open Rantoul” website.  The first document is an application for any food and/or beverage establishments who wish to re-open in accordance with Phase 3 restrictions.  Any restaurant, bar, or club who wishes to open for outdoor service only beginning on Friday must submit this application outlining their operational plan for review and approval by the Village of Rantoul.  PRIOR TO SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION, PLEASE READ ALL GUIDELINES TO ENSURE YOU CAN COMPLY.   

The second set of  documents is the State of Illinois’ Phase 3 Guidelines and Toolkits for a number of industries and activities which are allowed to return to some form of operation beginning on Friday.  The link to these documents, and to a number of other re-open resources, can be found at     

May 22nd 2:15pm

The Champaign Center Partnership kindly requests input from residents to help us keep Champaign County healthy and safe.

Our small business owners would appreciate your honest feedback as they plan their strategies to welcome you back and to help them start rebuilding their businesses.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Your answers will help inform our decisions and understand your needs.

May 21st 4:30pm

Business & Community Partners,

Today, a coalition of local organizations and municipalities-including the Village of Rantoul-have launched a new online resource to help Champaign County businesses as they progress through the next stages of the state’s Restore Illinois plan. The new website - - was developed to maintain the safety and well-being of our communities and to share information and resources with businesses in Champaign County. The site will serve as a hub for Rantoul businesses to access resources, including re-opening guidelines, sample signage, PPE suppliers, local cleaning companies, local printers and more.

The re-opening guidelines, following the state of Illinois’ Restore Illinois plan, highlight communication strategies for various types of businesses and provide details on how to prepare workspaces, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, PPE tutorials, and general information on COVID-19. This information will assist industries ranging from agriculture to childcare to manufacturing and hospitality - all with specific guidelines on employee and customer protection, sanitation standards, social distancing, and much more.

Businesses are also asked to take the Champaign County Safe Pledge. The pledge sets out expectations customers can have when visiting local businesses, including:

  • Employees wearing masks
  • Employees frequently washing their hands
  • Surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the business are regularly cleaned and sanitized
  • Social distancing measures are in place

Businesses can complete the pledge online and upon review, will be added to a comprehensive list of pledged businesses that the public can review. Businesses can then post their signed pledge in their windows to show their commitment to the health and safety of employees and customers. We urge all Rantoul businesses to sign the pledge and post in your windows, as residents and visitors will be directed to this site to see local businesses that are committed to safety.

As guidelines continue to evolve, the site and all the resources will be updated, so businesses should check back frequently for the latest information. The documents will be updated on a regular basis as more information is shared by the State of Illinois, Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Additional Resources

Restore Illinois Plan

Illinois Department of Public Health (Governor statements)

Champaign Urbana Public Health District

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