Mendota to declare State of Emergency

Executive Order executed for business owners

Dear Business Owner,

MENDOTA – Due to the five-fold increase in the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the 61342 zip code in the last four weeks, the City of Mendota will declare a Local State of Emergency on Thursday, August 6 at approximately 5:30 p.m.

With the State of Emergency, the Mayor will execute an Executive Order stating the following: 

  • A business found to be in violation of following guidelines pertaining to COVID 19 mitigation as set forth by the State of Illinois will be fined in accordance with Ordinance 08-06-20, shut down or both.
  • A business with a liquor license issued by the City of Mendota found to be violating the guidelines pertaining to COVID 19 mitigation as set forth by the State of Illinois will immediately have its liquor license suspended for a period of not less than 1 week together with the fine contained in Ordinance 08-06-20. The Liquor Commissioner will have final determination of the length of revocation and amount of fine.
  • A person who enters a retail establishment in the City of Mendota and refuses to wear a face mask and refuses to leave the premises will be fined and charged with reckless conduct and/or criminal trespass. Anyone convicted of the offense may be fined an amount up to $500.00 as set forth in Ordinance 08-06-20. Patrons with a medical condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a face mask should notify the owner or owner’s representative and follow the establishment’s accommodations.


The following are links to the State of Illinois guidelines as well as information pertaining to the use of face masks. Please feel free to contact the City Clerk’s office at 815-539-7459 with questions pertaining to the guidelines. 

If your business has a City issued liquor license, we encourage you to devise a plan that utilizes outdoor seating to the maximum extent as possible. The city is willing to let your business utilize city owned property. Please contact the City Clerk’s office at 815-539-7459 to discuss further. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Stay safe,

David W. Boelk, Mayor


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