Reopening Your Business
Illinois is moving into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois reopening framework on June 26. 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.
Phase 4 Guidelines for Businesses:
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.
- Retailers and Service Counters may operate at maximum of 50% of store capacity.
- Personal care service workplaces may operate at maximum occupancy of 50% of capacity, and seating stations must be 6’ apart.
- Restaurants and bars for open for indoor and outdoor dining. Seated area capacity of restaurants and bars should be determined by arranging seating to provide a minimum of 6’ between tables or other designated patron service areas. Dining may be limited to groups of up to 10.
- Health and fitness centers may operate at maximum of 50% of occupancy at any given time. Members should maintain 6’ of distance during exercise.
- Non-customer facing office spaces may operate at maximum occupancy of 50% of office capacity.
- Indoor recreation facilities should operate at lesser of 50 customers OR 50% of facility capacity.
- Outdoor recreation facilities should limit group sizes to 50 customers, with multiple groups permitted if proper social distancing and group management is enforced.
- Day camps may operate at maximum of 50% of facility capacity with group sizes of 15 participants or fewer (limited to 10 children in programs with changing participants week-by-week).
- Youth and recreational sports venues may operate at maximum of 50% of facility capacity, at maximum of 20% seating capacity for spectators, and with groups of up to 50.
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
Financial Resources for Businesses:
Multiple funding options are offered from the federal and state government and the private sector for small businesses seeking relief.
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Loans available through the U.S. Treasury to up $1.5 million for businesses with 500 employees or less.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - Loans available through the Small Business Administration up to $2 million for businesses with 500 employees or less.
- Business Interruption Grant (BIG) - Grants available through the State of Illinois offering $50 million to small businesses including bars, restaurants, salons and fitness centers.
- SBA Bridge Loans and Debt Relief - The SBA offers various loan options as well as financial reprieve from interest and fees on SBA loans.
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program - Offering $100 million in grants and advertising credits for up to 30,000 small businesses.
- Tax Relief - IRS guidance related to Covid-19 for businesses and individuals.
- Temporary Outdoor Dining Policy
- Reopening signage
- Training Checklists
- Promoting your Business
- 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.
The Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce created signage for Winnetka businesses to remind customers to wear a face covering. PDF posters are available for download. Email the Chamber of Commerce or call them at 847-446-4451 with questions. Additionally, DCEO created graphic posters and text poster with reopening guidelines for industry-specific businesses. Visit DCEO’s website to download these signs.
Employee health and safety is paramount to safely reopening a business. DCEO provides industry-specific checklists for businesses to use to reopen including employee training and wellness screening information. Visit DCEO’s website to download these checklists.
The Village maintains a robust promotional program for local businesses. We support co-advertising opportunities in print media and share business posts on social media. Visit the Village’s social media sites on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Are you a business in Hubbard Woods interested in advertising with other businesses? Email the Hubbard Woods Design and Dine District to learn about their upcoming opportunities.
- The Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce
- Center for Disease Control
- Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Development Opportunity
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- Cook County Department of Health
Email Liz Dechant, Economic Development Coordinator or call her at 847-716-3528 with any questions, concerns or inquiries.