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.
Effective Monday, August 30, the state of Illinois is requiring that everyone (including both staff and guests) age two or older, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in public indoor settings. This includes hotel banquet and meeting rooms.
While masking is now required in indoor settings, the requirement allows masks to be removed in certain cases, such as when guests are actively eating or drinking as well as employees who are able to maintain six feet of distancing (i.e. in their own offices or cubicles).
For more information on the State of Illinois' coronavirus response, please visit their website.
Benefits for Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
Beneficios de vacunarse contra el COVID-19
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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DUPAGE FOUNDATION COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND
RESOURCES AND RELIEF PROGRAMS
- U.S. Travel's CARES Act
- State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
- Illinois Department of Revenue Taxpayer Resources (Employers)
- Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Information for Employers
- Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program
- Emergency Small Business Grants and Loan Assistance
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: