Coronavirus Trusted Sources
Additional Useful Information
- Guidance For Employers: How to plan and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Workplace Tips: Tips and resources for employers to combat the virus.
- Corporate Aid Tracker: How businesses are helping nationwide.
- Resilience In A Box: A toolbox to help businesses put a plan in place (created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with the UPS Foundation)
- Disaster Assistance Loans: The SBA is offering loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
- Additional Resources: Including consolidated, business-specific guidance from the CDC.
- Interim Recommendations For Facilities With Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Key EPA Resources On COVID-19
- Survey On Business Impact: Results from the American Chamber of Commerce in China.
- U.S. Chamber Foundation / CDC Webinar
To follow Governor J.B. Pritzker’s directive, we will be adapting our upcoming events through May 30:
- Friday, August 28 Save the Date for the Golf Outing
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Restaurants: What You Need To Know
How long will the restaurant and bar closure last?
On-site consumption at restaurants and bars is currently scheduled to be closed starting at 9pm on Monday, March 16th through Monday, May 301st. We will continue to evaluate this timeline as we move forward and announce any updates as soon as we have them. Delivery, drive-through, carryout and curbside pickup will continue to be allowed at all restaurants able to provide these services.
Does the ban include movie theaters? What about cafes at grocery stores and other entertainment venues, such as ice rinks?
The Executive Order prohibits gatherings of 50 people or more in places including fitness centers/health clubs, bowling alleys, private clubs, and theatres. However, it does not impact establishments that provide essential goods and services, including grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, gas stations, banks/credit unions, shelters, and other establishments that provide essential services. The administration continues to evaluate other non-essential venues that could lead to the congregation of larger crowds.
Does the ban include restaurants/concessions at airports?
Retailers located in airports, hospitals, and dining halls in colleges and universities are exempt from the requirements of the Executive Order 2020-07.
What about small, family owned restaurants that don’t have delivery or take-out capability?
The administration is working directly with delivery service providers like Uber Eats, Grubhub and Postmates to help smaller restaurants put in place delivery options. U.S. Small Business Administration (USBA) is also offering loans for businesses impacted by coronavirus. For more information on the loans, visit the USBA website here.
Are catered events allowed?
Yes, however large gatherings are strongly discouraged and events with 50 or more people are banned. Unless absolutely necessary, the best course of action is to stay at home and avoid large crowds to prevent further spread of coronavirus.
Are patrons allowed to enter the restaurant to pick-up food and/or order and then leave?
Patrons are strongly encouraged to utilize drive-throughs and pick-up pre-ordered food curbside if available at the restaurant. In addition, customers may enter the premises to purchase food or beverages for carry-out. Establishments offering food or beverages for carry-out, including food trucks, must ensure that they have an environment where patrons maintain adequate social distancing
What time is end-of-business on Monday for bars and restaurants? Some bars are open till 2am. Can they stay open till then or do they need to close at midnight?
All restaurants and bars must close for on-site consumption by 9pm CST on Monday, March 16th.
Are coffee shops closed?
The same rules that apply to bars and restaurants also apply to coffee shops.
Are delivery fees going to be really high?
Delivery fees are determined by each individual company. The administration will not tolerate price gouging of any kind and all incidents should be immediately reported to the Illinois Attorney General online here.
Is the state working with delivery companies to set pricing?
No, delivery fees are determined by individual companies, but we are working closely with the companies to ensure their services are as accessible to small businesses as possible.
Will I qualify for unemployment benefits since my restaurant is closed?
The administration has worked to expand unemployment insurance to cover individuals who are unable to work due to COVID-19. For more information on unemployment insurance, go to the Illinois Department of Employment Security website here.
How can I make sure my food delivery isn’t contaminated?
Restaurants and their delivery partners should continue to follow best practices when it comes to transporting food including placing deliveries in secure, sealed containers. Patrons should double check their delivery is sealed upon arrival and report any opened packaging directly to the restaurant. Patrons should also be following CDC guidelines regarding thorough and regular handwashing, particularly before and after eating.
What safety measures are being implemented at restaurants providing meals via drive-throughs and curb-side pick-up? Are there state mandated measures?
Restaurants operating in Illinois are monitored by the Illinois Department of Public Health to ensure they are following mandated safety measures. Those measures are applicable and enforceable even if restaurants are only doing business via drive-through or curb-side pick-up.
Can I still get groceries delivered? Yes, you may still have groceries delivered. There have been no executive orders impacting grocery delivery.
COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:
To follow Governor J.B. Pritzker’s directive, we will be adapting our upcoming events through April 30. Please check status regularly for updates on events.
- March 18 at 8-9:30 a.m., Small Business Information Forum: Incentive Overview, City of Batavia, Chamber and Mainstreet - postponed
- Wednesday, March 18 at 8-11:30 a.m., VIA Educational HR Seminar: Diversity & Inclusion in Your Workplace and Demystifying Apprenticeships - postponed
- Wednesday, March 18 at 4:30-6:30 p.m., Networking It! supporting The Albright Community Theatre at Oscar Swan - canceled
- Thursday, March 19 at 3-5 p.m., Industrial Panel: Overcoming Talent Acquisition Challenges in a Shrinking Labor Force at FONA International, Multi-chamber event has now become a Zoom Meeting
- Wednesday, April 1 at 8 a.m., Not for Profit Forum at the Chamber - to be determined
- Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 a.m., BC2: Morning networking at Comfort Inn - canceled
- Friday, April 10 at 4 p.m., Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Dance Dynamics - to be determined
- Tuesday, April 14 at 11:30 a.m. BWIB Luncheon: Conquer Your Business: Be in Charge, Take Action, Get Results - to be determined
- Register Here for Friday, May 29th Webinar for Potential Borrowers
- Register Here for Wednesday, June 3 Drop-In Session for Potential Borrowers
- Register Here for Thursday, June 4 Ask the Fed Webinar for Lenders
- Main Street Lending Program Frequently Asked Questions
- Information and Upcoming Webinars about the Main Street Lending Program
May 15: SBA Treasury PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Detailed Instructions
- Press Release
- Application and Instructions
- PPP FAQ Page Updated May 19
- Interim Final Rule on Loan Forgiveness May 22
May 5: Governor Pritzker Announces Restore Illinois: A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State
- Restore Illinois One Pager
- Restore Illinois Phases
- Restore Illinois Health Regions
- Restore Illinois Program
Small Business COVID-19 Resource Center from Hello Alice (Updated Daily with new grants, information)
Another Round, Another Rally: ARAR Emergency Assistance Application / ARAR emergency assistance application-paused at the moment
Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund
Loans up to $50,000 for businesses under 50 employees at 3% interest and delayed payment for 6 months.
Eligible businesses can submit a full application online now here.
- Responsible Reopening and Rehiring Webinar April 14 - Slides
- Responsible Reopening and Rehiring Webinar April 14 - Recording
Information about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
Businesses can apply online at www.sba.gov/disaster
Holiday Village: Batavia United Methodist Church available for Purchase at Chamber Office
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