Eclipse Public Health Issues
Temporary Campground Information
Jackson County adopted an Ordinance which establishes minimal standards for temporary campgrounds to protect public health & safety. Click on the links below to learn more.
Jackson County Portable Toilet & Hand Wash Requirements - Updated version
Eye Safety During Solar Eclipses
It is extremely important to take appropriate precautions while viewing the eclipse! Permanent eye damage can result by not following safety guidance. View the links below to get the best eye safety information.
Extreme Heat Safety
Temporary Food Vendors
All vendors selling or otherwise providing food to the public around Eclipse weekend within Jackson County must possess either an annual license or temporary food permit from Jackson County Health Department. Click to see Jackson County’s temporary food service guidelines and the temporary permit application form. Please note that a minimum of 48 hours advance notice is required for temporary food events; due to the expected demand for public health services around the Eclipse weekend, please provide even more advance notice.
Portable Toilets & Hand Wash Stations
Eclipse event planners must provide for the toileting needs of their participants. Click here for a list of providers licensed with Jackson County Health Department. Look for providers in the column labeled “Pumper”.
To determine the number of portable toilets needed for your event, you may wish to consult the guidance published by the Portable Sanitation Association International.
For operators of temporary campgrounds, you must follow the requirements established by Jackson County for your portable toilet & hand washing needs.
Waste & Recycling Collection
Eclipse event planners must provide waste collection and disposal for their event. Click here for a list of waste/recycling haulers licensed by Jackson County Health Department.
Eclipse event planners may wish to contact Jackson County’s Recycling Coordinator (618-684-3143) for guidance on planning for event waste & recyclables.
Mosquitoes & Ticks
August is a very active time for mosquitoes in the area, with the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) in mosquitoes not uncommon in late summer. Mosquitoes in southern Illinois do not carry Zika virus, however. Individuals outside at dusk or dawn are more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes that can carry WNV. Event participants can reduce the risk of mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and pants, and using an EPA-registered repellent. Eclipse event planners can contact Jackson County Health Department (618-684-3143) for additional pre-event guidance.
Several tick species exist in southern Illinois. These ticks can carry a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and others. Eclipse event planners can take steps prior to the event to reduce tick populations, and post a tick awareness poster. Event participants can avoid wooded or grassy areas, use repellents containing at least 20% DEET, treat clothing with permethrin, and shower after being outdoors to reduce the risk of tick bites.
Jackson County Health Department enforces the Smoke-free Illinois Act. Smoking is prohibited inside public places and buildings, including restaurants and bars, as well as outdoors within 15 feet of a door. Lodging facilities must designate at least 75% of their rooms as non-smoking. Complaints can be submitted online. Event planners and facility owners can access free “No Smoking” signage to assist in compliance with this State law.