COVID-19 Resources for Local Businesses

Various programs have been established by both the U.S. Government and the State of Illinois intended to provide assistance to the business community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is intended to assist our local business community in navigating and understanding the various options available to them for relief and assistance at this time.  

  1. PHASE 3 GUIDELINES
  2. FEDERAL PROGRAMS
  3. STATE PROGRAMS
  4. EATING/DRINKING ESTABLISHMENTS
  5. BUSINESS RESOURCES
  6. GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with marked by distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities. Under the Restore Illinois framework, certain businesses and activities are allowed to resume in Phase 3 with IDPH-approved safety guidance in place.

Read the Plan

To prepare businesses and employers to implement the new safety guidelines and to bring many residents back to work, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, training checklists, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest and greatest public health recommendations. Phase 3 guidelines span 10 different industry categories. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.For Industry definitions and guidelines, please see below:

Restaurants and Bars (Outdoor dining and drinking)

Full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants, snacks bars, taverns, and other food and beverage businesses

Manufacturing

Manufacturing facilities such as plants, factories and mills.

Health and Fitness Centers

Gyms, fitness centers, yoga, dance, cycling, pilates, barre studios, and other customer-facing fitness centers

Offices

Non-customer-facing offices such as: legal; accounting services; architectural/engineering design; and other professional services

Personal Care Services

Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, waxing centers, tattoo parlors

Retail

Retailers and merchandisers such as: grocery stores; hardware stores; clothing stores; pharmacies; department stores; shopping malls

Outdoor Recreation

Customer facing services such as driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges, paintball courses, outdoor adventure parks

Service Counters

Stores providing assorted services for dropped off goods, such as: dry cleaners; electronics repair shops; shoe repair shops; car washes

Day Camps

Recreational youth programs such as sports camps, recreational camps, educational camps

Youth Sports

Youth sports games or matches, group sports lessons, team or group sports practices (no competitive sports permitted in Phase 3)