COVID-19 Resources

The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau has gathered information for businesses on COVID-19 including resources from DuPage County, the State of Illinois and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

See below for resources and direct links. 

STATE OF ILLINOIS PHASE 4 GUIDELINES*
The following industries are included in Phase 4: manufacturing, "non-essential businesses," bars and restaurants, personal care services and health clubs, entertainment and retail. During Phase 4, group gatherings of the lesser of 50 people or 50% of the room capacity will now be permitted.

*Note: As of Friday, October 23, 2020, DuPage County has put in place mitigation efforts due to increased positivity rates. There will be a 14-day monitoring period, at which time it will be determined if mitigation efforts can be relaxed, if current efforts need to remain in place, or if additional mitigation efforts are required. There are important changes in protocols for bars and restaurants, and meetings/events (indoor and outdoor) are now limited to 25% of overall room capacity or 25 guests - whichever is the lesser of the two. Click here for an overview of current mitigation guidelines. (link to pdf)

BARS & RESTAURANTS: COCKTAILS FOR PICKUP AND DELIVERY

Illinois legislators late Saturday night, May 23rd, overwhelmingly approved a measure aimed at helping bars and restaurants, allowing establishments to sell cocktails for pickup and delivery in sealed containers. Third-party services like Grubhub and DoorDash would be prohibited from making cocktail deliveries.  The measure also extends liquor licenses for 120 days and delays license fees for six months after restaurants and bars are allowed to reopen to the public. To take effect immediately upon the governor’s signature and expire in one year.

PHASE 4 SPORTS POLICY

New guidelines were issued on July 29, 2020, outlining four different levels of play based on risk categories. This guidance pertains to all youth and adult recreational sports, including, but not limited to, school-based sports (IHSA & IESA), travel clubs, private leagues and clubs, recreational leagues and centers, and park district sports programs. This guidance does NOT pertain to professional sports leagues or college division level sports. Please click here for comprehensive information.

DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The DuPage County Health Department has put together information for businesses on COVID-19, including guidance, food facility guidelines, water sampling, CDC guidance, education, outreach and more. Click here for details.

  • If potential exposure to COVID-19 in the community/workplace: Click here
  • If potential exposure to confirmed case of COVID-19: Click here
  • If diagnosed with COVID-19: Click here


TRAINING SUPPORT
The workNet DuPage Career Center has funds available to help cover the cost of training staff to meet new guidelines or so that their jobs can be repurposed and layoffs averted. For information on these grants, please contact Ron Schlager (630) 955-2037, rschlager@worknetdupage.org or visit their website.

If you have to layoff staff, there are resources available free of charge for those individuals (including up to $10,000/person of funding assistance for necessary job training.) Affected workers should visit www.worknetdupage.org to access services.

SHOP LOCAL FOR HAND SANITIZER
Click here for more information about Church Street's FDA registered 80% hand and surface sanitizer. 1-gallon jugs and 5-gallon buckets are in stock.

INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTIONS
Shared with us by our partners at DCEO, Bringg offers a unified platform for delivery, curbside, click and collect, with their North American Headquarters in Evanston, IL. The company has released a new SME solution for FREE to help businesses manage delivery to customers. Using BringgNOW small business owners can quickly load incoming orders, dispatch deliveries to their own drivers or crowdsourced fleets and deliver items to customers with a fully-branded, real-time experience.

If interested, contact:
Tamir Gotfried, tamir@bringg.com
Isaac Buahnik, isaac@bringg.com

DUPAGE FOUNDATION COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND
https://dupagefoundation.org/news-events/news-archive.html

RESOURCES AND RELIEF PROGRAMS 


Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act

The U.S. Senate passed the House version of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) legislation: 

  • Under the language in the House bill, the payroll expenditure requirement drops to 60% from 75% but is now a cliff, meaning that borrowers must spend at least 60% on payroll or none of the loan will be forgiven. 
  • Borrowers can use the 24-week period to restore their workforce levels and wages to the pre-pandemic levels required for full forgiveness. This must be done by Dec. 31, a change from the previous deadline of June 30.
  • The legislation includes two new exceptions allowing borrowers to achieve full PPP loan forgiveness even if they don’t fully restore their workforce.
  • New borrowers now have five years to repay the loan instead of two. Existing PPP loans can be extended up to 5 years if the lender and borrower agree. The interest rate remains at 1%.
  • The bill allows businesses that took a PPP loan to also delay payment of their payroll taxes, which was prohibited under the CARES Act.


U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)
Illinois Economic Injury Disaster Loan The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering Illinois businesses low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, visit their website or review the resources below.

  • Start you disaster loan application now: Click here
  • Disaster loan assistance: Click here or click here
  • Stay up-to-date: Click here
  • For frequently asked questions: Click here
  • Register for webinars on the Economic Injury Disaster Loans by clicking here. The trainings will cover program eligibility, use of proceeds, terms, filing requirements, and additional small business resources.


Contact Information for the U.S. Small Business Administration Local staff is on-hand and ready to assist. To reach the District or Branch Office, please contact:

  • Chicago Office: (312) 353-4528
  • Springfield Branch: (217) 747-8249
  • Illinois District Office: Illinois.DO@sba.gov, visit website
  • Locate your nearest Small Business Development Center here or text LOCATE to 7234
  • Follow @SBA_Illinois on Twitter
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