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TIME SENSITIVE INFORMATION for Illinois Businesses - Post Civil Unrest and COVID-19 Restrictions

Posted June 18, 2020

Maywood Chamber Members,

The following information comes from the Governor’s office; and was prepared by members of the Oak Park Chamber of Commerce!
On June 17, Governor JB Pritzker announced a package of state grant programs to support communities and businesses impacted by the pandemic and recent civil unrest today. The package includes more than $900 million across more than ten programs and four state agencies. CLICK HERE to read more.

Specifically, the program includes support for:

  • Businesses in DIAs – $20 million for businesses that are located in a subset of DIAs that have recently experienced significant property damage, providing 1,000 grants of $20,000 each
  • Bars and Restaurants – $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing at least 1,000 grants of up to $20,000 each
  • Barbershops and Salons – $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers – $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each
Applications will be made available on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s website beginning Monday, June 22nd. 
  • Bars and Restaurants: May open for indoor seating with state-specific capacity limits & IDPH approved safety guidance*.
  • Cinema and Theaters: May open following IDPH approved safety guidance*.
  • Childcare: DCFS licensed childcare facilities can remain open while following DCFS and Illinois State safety guidance.
  • Health Clubs: Health clubs, gyms, and fitness studios will be allowed to reopen following IDPH approved safety guidance*.
  • Retail: All retail stores can remain open to in-person shopping with state-specific capacity limits & IDPH approved safety guidance*.
  • Personal Care Services Personal care services, like nail salons, tattoo shops, hair braiders, spas and barbershops, can remain open with IDPH approved safety guidance*.
  • Manufacturing: All manufacturing can remain open with IDPH approved safety guidance*.
  • “Non-essential” businesses:  Employees of “non-essential” businesses are allowed to return to work with IDPH approved safety guidance.  Employers are encouraged to provide accommodations for COVID-19-vulnerable employees.
  • Gatherings: Gatherings of 50 or fewer will be allowed, but are subject to change based on latest data and Illinois-state guidance.
  • Outdoor Recreation: All outdoor recreation will be allowed.

*Prior to June 26, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCE) will be releasing COVID-19 Restore Illinois phase 4 Guidelines for different types of workplaces/business that should help answer specific questions workplaces and businesses have regarding the transition from Phase 3 to Phase 4 of Restore Illinois.  The Village will share information and State links to the information when it is released by the State.

What the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCE)) COVID-19 Phase-4 Guidelines will address.

  • General health requirements: Employers must have plans for social distancing, working from home, hand-washing.
  • HR & travel policies: All employees must complete health & safety training related to COVID-19 prior to returning to work.  Limiting all essential travel.
  • Health monitoring: Employers should conduct temperature screenings and follow state guidance regarding sick employees.
  • Physical workplace: Social distancing signage, proper space configuration of employees, removing shared items, providing hand sanitizer and environmental cleaning.
  • Customer behaviors: For some businesses, reservations will be required, cloth face coverings required, customers that are COVID-19 symptomatic cannot be allowed entry, maintain social distancing.
  • Capacity limits: For specific business types, the State will specify capacity limits based on occupancy and/or square footage.
All hours worked on or after midnight, July 1, 2020, should be paid at the higher applicable minimum wage rate. If an hourly employee’s workday spans across June 30, 2020 and July 1, 2020, two different rates could be used.   
– CLICK HERE for the Cook County Minimum Wage Ordinance

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