Hi LSRCC members and local businesses,

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted significant policy changes at all levels. We're here to catch you up and support business in Lincoln Square and Ravenswood.  Please see our COVID-19 Business Resources  website for a comprehensive list of resources to aid your business during this time.
Restore Illinois Plan

Today, Governor Pritzker unveiled a phased strategy for Illinois to reopen. This plan creates four regions in Illinois which will progress along five "phases" after COVID cases, testing, and hospital capacity metrics are met.

This plan is called   Restore Illinois and can be found on the Illinois Public Health website.

Some highlights:
  • We are currently in phase 2, in which non-essential retail businesses can operate delivery and pickup services
  • The earliest we can progress to Phase 3 and allow retail to open  is May 29th.
    • Using the same 28-day standard, phase 4 (bars and restaurants reopen) is possible beginning June 26th
  • Revisions may be made to this plan
From the press release (emphasis our own):
Phase 1 - Rapid Spread: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital is high or rapidly increasing. Strict stay at home and social distancing guidelines are put in place and only essential businesses remain open. Every region has experienced this phase once already and could return to it if mitigation efforts are unsuccessful.
Phase 2 - Flattening: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital beds and ICU beds increases at an ever slower rate, moving toward a flat and even a downward trajectory. Non-essential retail stores reopen for curb-side pickup and delivery. Illinoisans are directed to wear a face covering when outside the home, and can begin enjoying additional outdoor activities like golf, boating and fishing while practicing social distancing. To varying degrees, every region is experiencing flattening as of early May.
Phase 3 - Recovery: The rate of infection among those tested, the number of patients admitted to the hospital, and the number of patients needing ICU beds is stable or declining. Manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops and salons can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions. All gatherings limited to 10 or fewer people are allowed. Face coverings and social distancing are the norm.
Phase 4 - Revitalization: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital continues to decline. All gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, restaurants and bars reopen, travel resumes, child care and schools reopen under guidance from the IDPH. Face coverings and social distancing are the norm.
Phase 5 - Illinois Restored: With a vaccine or highly effective treatment widely available or the elimination of any new cases over a sustained period, the economy fully reopens with safety precautions continuing. Conventions, festivals and large events are permitted, and all businesses, schools, and places of recreation can open with new safety guidance and procedures in place reflecting the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Chicago Survey  
We've publicized several surveys and want to thank those of you who have participated in them so far. Besides lobbying your elected officials, these surveys really are the best way to ensure that your business needs are accounted for in the legislative response to this crisis.
The city has asked us to publicize this latest survey from the University of Chicago, which is confidential, only 10 minutes long, and gives you a change to win one of ten $500 prizes!

We've created our own survey to assess local needs and advocate for solutions for small business in Lincoln Square and Ravenswood. Your information will be kept anonymous - please share your needs so we can work on your behalf.   
We're available and invested in your success. For further questions or individualized assistance, please email Jerry Mandujano, Neighborhood Services Director, at  jerry@lincolnsquare.org
Thank you! 
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