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Posted on: June 11, 2021

COVID-19 Resources for Business

The following COVID-19 informational resources may be of interest to area businesses. This page will be updated regularly. To sign-up for notification emails when this page is updated or for other Village emergency and informational notices register on the NotifyMe module. The Village COVID-19 general announcement page can be found here

RESTORE IL GUIDELINES UPDATES

On June 11, 2021 Governor Pritzker announced that Illinois is in Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Reopening Plan. To read the Phase 5 guidelines click here

Restore Illinois Plan
In an effort to prevent resurgence of COVID-19 in Illinois, Governor Pritzker announced the Restore IL plan, grouping counties into areas that may be subject to further business operation restrictions should health figures indicate additional risk. The Plan details the tiered approach for specific industries should health metrics dictate further action. The Governor's office refers to IDPH metrics  to determine if further restriction is required for the Lake-McHenry County Region 9 which includes Libertyville. 6-15-21 edit 

VACCINATIONS

 The Lake County Health Department’s Find a Vaccine page offers information on various ways to access available vaccines.   Anyone who lives or works in Lake County, Illinois is encouraged to register in the AllVax Portal, registration is free, easy, and secure. People who need help registering may call (847) 377-8130 or email AllVax@lakecountyil.gov. People who are registered in AllVax are notified when an appointment available. Walk-in hours are available at the various Health Department vaccination centers. 6-15-21 edit

FUNDING UPDATES:

The federal Payroll Protection Program (PPP) reopened on January 11th and borrowers can now apply for a First or Second Draw PPP Loan until May 31, 2021, or until funds have been exhausted. Information on this and other financial programs can be found below under Financial Assistance. In addition to reopening and amending provisions of the PPP program, the federal Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CARES) Act provisions approved in December 2020 also included changes, extensions, and some increases to eligibility related to unemployment, payroll taxes, employee retention credits, excise taxes, and the EIDL program. 5-13-21 edit

SBA Website Link:PPP Application, Eligibility and Forgiveness  Program Summaries:   Cares Act Summary ; PPP Second Draw Summary

PPP Webinars:

Grant Openings: several new grants have been announced including the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund, refer below under Financial Assistance for details.

RESOURCES/ASSISTANCE/INFORMATION
Financial Assistance: Please note some of these funds have short application time-frames and multiple rounds, check the websites for new details.

Reopening Information:

Various Resources & Guidance:

  • IL Department of Labor - Back to Business IL:  IDOL announced the launch of Back to Business Illinois, a free, voluntary service to connect small businesses of 250 employees or fewer with consultants who will help them evaluate and address workplace safety and health issues related to COVID-19. The consultants will create a plan for small businesses that promotes a safe, healthy and productive environment for workers and customers. Health and safety consultants in IDOL’s Workplace Safety and Health Consultation Division will help local small businesses audit their physical operation, identify best practices and find ways to implement them efficiently.  Businesses can voluntarily complete a series of online modules and then institute the necessary practices to promote a safe work environment. The online guidance and education program will emphasize areas including basic infection prevention, physical space modification, infectious disease planning, employee monitoring and workplace flexibility.  This is a non-punitive program, and no fines or citations are associated with it. It is designed entirely as a benefit to empower Illinois small businesses to continue operating safely.  For more information visit the official website www.illinois.gov/worksafe. edit 11-19-20
  • Personal Protective Equipment:  Feel free to reference this Business Supply/Resource Guide which provides a list of PPE suppliers you might use to acquire items needed for your employees. Refer back to this link for regular updates to include additional suppliers. If your business offers supplies and wishes to be added, email Barbara at Lake County Partners. 5-15-20 edit
  • COVID Testing for Employees: the Lake County Health Department has provided a testing location list. 5-5-20 edit
  • The Small Business Development Center at CLC has counselors available for virtual meetings to discuss your business finances, employee concerns, and more. Schedule here. Various training sessions are also available, including recovery workshops. 09-03-20 edit
  • Commercial Real Estate Guidance for landlords/tenants/borrowers from the CCIM Institutue, CBRE Financial Council, and Cushman & Wakefield. 4-14-20 edit
  • Family First Act - Employee Poster
  • IL Dept of Revenue Relief:  Information on deferred payments for restaurants and bars, and other relevant filing details.
  • IRS information to help taxpayers and businesses affected by the corona-virus
  • The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus, including use of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Unemployment Insurance: The IDES  offers various guidance on their website.  A video offering applications instructions is available. Additional questions you have may be answered in the 4-21-20 FAQ Guide5-15-20 edit
  • Manufacturing: The IL Manufacturers Association and IL Manufacturer Extension Center are both offering important manufacturer guidance and working to help manufacturers produce, supply and distribute emergency goods. 4-14-20 edit
  • IL Housing Development Authority is offering various assistant programs including mortgage and rent relief. 09-03-20 edit

Restaurants & Liquor Service:

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