COVID-19 Regulations and Resources


Latest Safety Updates: Face Coverings 

New safety guidelines from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity state that all patrons of food establishments must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when approached and serviced by establishment employees, including but not limited to when employees take patron orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables, whether dining indoor or outdoor. Patrons are also encouraged to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when picking up carry out orders. For more information, please visit the DCEO website.

Financial Resources for Businesses:

Multiple funding options are offered from the federal and state government and the private sector for small businesses seeking relief.

Federal

State and County

  • Business Interruption Grant (BIG) - Grants available through the State of Illinois offering $220 million to small businesses The second round is open to all eligible businesses (for profit and nonprofit) with $20 million or less in annual revenue. Webinars are planned for September and October. Applications for the second round are now open. 
  • Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance - Grants of $10,000 available to suburban Cook County small businesses with 20 or fewer employees who experienced a financial loss in 2020 due to COVID-19. Deadline is Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 5 PM (subject to change). 

Women Owned Businesses 

Additional Assistance

Phase 4 Guidelines for Businesses:


Illinois moved into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois reopening framework on June 26, 2020. Expanded business activity includes but it not limited to: indoor dining at restaurants and bars, indoor fitness activities, outdoor gatherings of 50 of fewer people. All persons must maintain social distancing and following all face-covering and health guidelines.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (DPH) provides business toolkits to assist businesses, landlords and property owners in the reopening process that includes guidelines, checklists, and posters. The Village recommends following these guidelines to ensure safe operations. Click on the links above or visit the DCEO website to find industry-specific the tool kits and guidelines.

Highlights of the reopening business tool kits:

  • Uniform guidelines and best practices on:
    • General health guidance
    • HR and travel policies
    • Health monitoring
    • Physical workspace
    • Disinfecting/cleaning procedures
    • Staffing and attendance
    • External interactions, and
    • Customer Behaviors

Cook County Health Department of Public Health Provides Health Guidelines for Businesses in Phase 4


Beware Scams and Fraud Schemes:

With an unprecedented amount of federal funding available through the CARES Act and other expanded programs, scammers and fraudsters are already taking advantage of the pandemic situation. It’s important to be vigilant and careful so you don’t fall victim to these schemes. For example, the SBA will never initiate contact to offer a loan or a grant to a small business. If someone contacts you before you’ve ever applied with the SBA, suspect fraud.

In addition, all of the SBA’s loan applications are completely free, so you should never pay an application fee for an SBA loan. Be sure to check the interest rate as published by the SBA, too, because many fraudsters will attempt to add interest to your loan. You can ensure that you’ll avoid these scams if you apply directly with the SBA or through a trusted, SBA-authorized lender.

  1. Temporary Outdoor Dining Policy
  2. Reopening signage
  3. Training Checklists
  4. Promoting your Business
  5. Additional Resources

The Village of Winnetka created temporary outdoor dining policy that provides guidance for Winnetka restaurants and other food service establishments licensed to serve food, beverages, and liquor for on-site consumption during Phase 4 of the State of Illinois Restore Illinois response to COVID-19. Please note: Phase 4 limits dining to parties of 10 persons or fewer. Email Brian Norkus, Assistant Director of Community Development Department or call him at 847-716-3526 with any questions.