With the government shelter-in-place through May, all public beaches must also remain closed during this time according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH).
To open our beaches, we must meet certain health department requirements, which we do at the annual beach cleanup. One key requirement is the water testing conducted by MCDH. As you may know, our beaches must be below a certain level of bacteria and contaminants (including e-coli) in both the shallow and deep water. Our beaches are tested upon opening and again at certain times throughout the year. Anytime we exceed the level determined safe by IDH/MCDH, we must close the beaches to swimmers.
Due to the the shelter-in-place, the East and West beaches will not be tested by MCDH until Tuesday June 2. We should have results the following morning and HOPE TO OPEN OUR BEACHES ON JUNE 3 AT 12:00 pm, the first day possible by MCDH and IDPH guidelines. We will communicate any additional information as soon as it is available to us.
We are proceeding with beach cleanup, weather permitting, on Saturday May 16 from 1-4 pm, as we do have a list of improvement projects needed at both beaches and residents are encouraged to attend and come help. Rain date will be Sunday May 17 from 1-4 pm. Volunteers are needed for projects that will take longer than the time allotted during beach cleanup and these can be done in small groups individually. All residents should wear face masks and practice social distancing at beach clean-up.
Please remember, ANY TIME YOU USE THE LAKE, BEACH OR COMMON AREAS, WEAR YOUR LKHOA BRACELET. This year’s (2020) are delayed from the supplier so until you receive the new bracelets wear the 2019 bracelets. Make sure your boats have 2019 stickers until the 2020 stickers are received. As you enjoy our great neighborhood, beaches and lake, practice social distancing and be safe.