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. 

PHASE 3: STATE OF ILLINOIS
The following industries are included in Phase 3: bars and restaurants for outdoor dining, retail, various outdoor recreation activities, offices, manufacturing, barbershops and salons, summer programs, and more. During Phase 3, group gatherings of 10 or fewer will now be permitted.

Resources for Businesses from the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity:


DUPAGE COUNTY: REOPENING GUIDES
The DuPage County Board is reviewing proposed plans for reopening “non-essential” facilities in DuPage County and includes reopening guides for retail, commercial office space, manufacturing and restaurants/food service facilities. The information for the Guidelines is taken from industry experts, in accordance with federal, state, and county guidelines. Please note that in no way do these documents give the authority for businesses to open; all State of Illinois Executive Orders apply.

Click on this link to review the proposed reopening guides in detail: https://www.choosedupage.com/open-dupage/.

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.

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 


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
  • Subscribe to the email list for more updates