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COVID-19 Supply Chain Wake-Up Call

Per the Reshoring Initiative t he COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to shorten U.S. supply chains, and is too dependent on imports, especially from China.

Per a survey conducted by Thomasne t:
  • 60% of U.S. manufacturers say business has been impacted by the pandemic
  • OEMs and tier one suppliers are seeking alternatives to China
  • 28% of suppliers report they're seeking domestic sources
  • Disrupted shipping and logistics are a top concern in March
  • Manufacturers say this may prompt them to more aggressively diversify supply chains and consider reshoring some production back to North America
Click to read the Reshoring Initiative's April eNewsletter.
S ome Restrictions Eased,
Stay At Home Extended

On Thursday, April 23rd Governor Pritzker announced an extension of the s tatewide stay-at-home order to May 30th, 2020, while easing some of the restrictions already in place.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune
" Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order will remain
in place through May 30. But changes are
coming. Here’s what you need to kno w "
By Jamie Munks , Antonia Ayres-Brown  and Dan Petrella - Chicago Tribune, 4/23/2020
Private Grants Sources
to Ease COVID-19 Blues

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) just released the following private grant sources for small businesses dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program
  • Hello Alice - Business for All Grants
  • Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation/GlobalGiving
Red Backpack Fund
  • Yelp and GoFundMe - Small Business Relief Fund

Click here for pdf with basic information and access links.
Illinois Retail Merchants Association
Chicago City Council's
Proposed COVID-19 Legislation

"This proposal would require everyone in the city to wear face coverings when shopping at essential businesses and when otherwise in public and unable to keep 6ft away from others. It would require face coverings when riding on public transportation and when hiring private transportation. Face coverings must be provided by employers when an employee is performing work for the employer, and the employee must wear at all times when at work.

Businesses may deny entrance to any person not wearing a face covering, and they may also deny service to any customer exhibiting signs of respiratory illness. Requires businesses to display social distancing protocols at the entrance of the business.
Social Distancing Protocols:
  • Meter entrance into the premises so that 6ft distancing is maintained for employees and customers
  • Designate where lines may form and place floor markings to indicate 6-foot spacing
  • Maintain hand sanitizer or other disinfectant at entrance and other appropriate areas in the location
  • Post signs at the entrance and other appropriate places in the store to remind customers that they are not to shop if they are exhibiting signs of respiratory illness
  • Regularly disinfect high-touch areas used by customers as well as high-touch areas used by employees including at the start/end of a shift

Penalties exist for employers, but not for the general public. If passed the ordinance would take effect immediately with the social distancing protocols taking effect 7 days after the effective date.
Sponsors:  Ald. Michele Smith (43rd), Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th ),
and 40 co-sponsors - Committee: Health and Human Relations

View pdf of other Ordinances before the Chicago City Council
Updates from Ilinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA )
With the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19, IRMA is dedicated to keeping retailers updated with the latest information.
Click for IRMA's website re information and resources
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Supporting Chicago Restaurants
Chicago Eateries Open
for Pickup & Delivery

WTTW's "Check Please" has made available a database of restaurants open for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery during the COVID-19 crisis.
Click here for the list.

The list is continuously evolving - if you have a favorite that's still operating but not on listed? Use this form to add it.   
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