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Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz has some new warnings and mandates regarding COVID 19. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz has some new warnings and mandates regarding COVID 19. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Straz back to relaying COVID concerns

By Jeff Vorva

It’s been a while since Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz used some of his reports at council meetings to warn about COVID-19.

But a new variant is causing new concerns and on Jan. 3, Cook County will require vaccine proof for several indoor activities. The mayor read some of the mandates.

“You will need proof of vaccines to enter dining areas, fast food establishments, coffee shops, food courts and dining areas that are in grocery stores,” Straz said at the Dec. 21 meeting. “Also, gyms, yoga places, dance studios, movie theaters – any kind of indoor venues of any sort.”

Cook County officials, as well as officials in Chicago, are worried that the omicron variant can spread quickly in indoor settings.

“Going back about two weeks, I was meeting with the Mayors Metropolitan Caucus and [Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot] was saying that she was scared to death of this virus,” Straz said. “I thought it was strange. I thought it was a little bit harsh. But now I know what she meant.”

Straz is optimistic this variant will not be as serious as others since the pandemic began in 2020.

“People are recovering overseas, and this may not last as long,” he said. “But if you are not vaccinated, it can be deadly. That’s what it’s coming down to. Vaccine is the way to be protected. Take that for what it’s worth.

“This is the Christmas season, and a lot of people are travelling. Be cautious out there. Take care of yourself and your families. Take care of everybody out there.”

Signal study

The council voted to approve payment to Strand Engineering for $7,500 for a study to determine the need for a signalized intersection at Route 83 and Oak Park Avenue.

That area is near entrances and exits at Chicago Christian High School.

LED approval at Pete’s

The council also approved a permanent sign request for Pete’s Market at 6401 W. 127th St. to modify the existing signs in order to add an LED screen to advertise products on the condition that the sign will only be illuminated during the store’s hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

3 Comments

  1. John Adams on December 30, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Unbelievable move Straz! Push all the revenue from Palos Heights into Orland. I can’t believe he would endorse this garbage.



  2. N Berg on December 30, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Bad move to follow the hysterical Mayor of Chicago. The vaccinated are getting and spreading Covid too. I will go elsewhere.



  3. Jerry B on January 3, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Thank You Mr Mayor for keeping my family safe. I can now use the rec center and feel safer knowing people are at least vacinated



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