SILVER LAKE —The mayor on Thursday declared a state of emergency in the village due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proclamation issued by Mayor Bernie Hovey states that "all public events have been canceled for the next 30 days and additional cancellations may be forthcoming if recommended by state and local public health officials."

The proclamation also noted that all village offices and facilities are closed to the public, and the village administration is allowed to alter employees’ job duties "to continue vital village services while protecting the public health, safety and welfare."

Under the proclamation, village employees who travel out of the country will be required to remain at home for 14 days once they return.

The mayor’s declaration noted members of village council and other boards and commissions must attend meetings to meet quorum requirements, but it urged residents to exercise "extreme caution" when deciding whether to go to a meeting.

Residents should send questions or concerns to village hall by phone at 330-923-5233 or email

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421,, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.